Fabrice Muamba – The 24 year old ex-Bolton Wanderers player who was forced to retire from football after he collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest during a live match in March, 2012, enjoys the wedding day, it appeared he would never see after he lay “dead for 78 minutes” on a soccer field at London’s White Hart Lane.
But following on from his miraculous recovery seven months ago, Fabrice Muamba married fiancée Shauna Magunda last Saturday at the 19th century Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.
Here’s the first picture (courtesy of Hello Magazine) from the ceremony showing the happy couple with Manchester United on-form striker Robin van Persie and his wife Bouchra, who were part of a star-studded guest list from the world of football.
‘This year has been a difficult one but, to me, marriage is the happy ending,’ says Fabrice, who’s had to give up his career with Bolton Wanderers.
‘Something like that makes you realise how precious every day is, and how important it is to make the most of every moment.’
Fabrice met Shauna, 27, when she was a student at Birmingham City University and they are mum and dad to three-year-old son Joshua Jeremiah.
Among the guests at the ceremony at Cheshire’s Peckforton Castle was consultant cardiologist Dr Sam Mohiddin, who helped to save Fabrice’s life, despite his heart stopping for an astonishing 78 minutes.
‘You never know what is around the corner,’ Fabrice tells Hello! magazine.
‘It makes you appreciate life more, appreciate spending time with the people you love, and has definitely brought me and Shauna closer as a couple.’
We say Congrats to the both of them!