22 Apr 2022 | UK
He joins a roster of global ambassadors for the charity, including former boxer David Haye, Michelin-star chef Atul Kochhar, BBC and Premier League presenter Reshmin Chowdhury and singer/songwriter, Maher Zain.
On March 17th 2012, aged just 23, Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on the pitch during the FA Cup quarter-final match between Bolton and Tottenham Hotspur. Muamba received emergency medical treatment on the pitch from the medical team on site and was later transported to a London hospital, where he was transferred into the care of the specialist coronary care unit.
Muamba’s heart had stopped beating for a total of 78 minutes before he was eventually revived. The incident forced Muamba into early retirement. Less than a decade later, Muamba watched with millions as Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during a Euro 2020 game. “It brought back stuff that I have put down in me,” said Muamba, “the emotions I have just had deep down in there and never wanted to relive it again”.
Muamba’s own traumatic ordeal inspired him to raise greater awareness of heart conditions and resulting treatments, and to campaign for more defibrillators in public places to ensure other people may survive sudden cardiac arrest.
His commitment to helping others is unwavering; Muamba has since organised multiple sporting charity events, such as football matches and charity runs to further his support for causes close to his heart.
“I am truly honoured to be joining One Family as their newest ambassador,” said the former Arsenal and Bolton superstar. “I’m passionate about making a difference where it’s truly needed, and One Family is the perfect place to start initiating a lot of the ideas I have - particularly through their Legends of Sports series. I’m excited to get stuck in.”