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Fabrice Muamba and wife expecting second child

Fabrice Muamba and wife Shauna have revealed they are expecting their second child, less than a year after the former footballer almost died on the pitch.

The couple, who married in October, already have a four-year-old son, Joshua, and are due to become parents again in June.

ShaunaMuamba wrote on Twitter: "Thanks for all the lovely well wishes @fmuambaand I are so happy. We've been so blessed and can't wait to meet our newbaby."

Fabrice Muamba and his wife Shauna are expecting their second child. Credit: Press Association

Muamba, a former England Under-21 international, was playing for Bolton in an FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham in March when he suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed.

The midfielder's heart stopped beating for 78 minutes but because of the prompt treatment he received on the pitch he defied the odds to survive and make an incredible recovery.

Muamba had hoped to resume his football career but was advised against it by doctors and retired from the sport in August.

In October he launched the Hearts & Goals campaign, which is aiming to increase the number of defibrillators available in public places and provide CPR training to try to reduce the 100,000 people who die of sudden cardiac arrest every year in the UK.

Muamba has also published a best-selling autobiography, I'm Still Standing, and is part of ITV's coverage of the African Nations Cup.

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Muamba performs on Strictly Come Dancing

Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder, Fabrice Muamba Credit: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Miracle footballer Fabrice Muamba showed he still has some fancy footwork as he kicks up a storm for Strictly Come Dancing - just months after retiring from football.

The former Bolton Wanderers midfielder, who suffered a heart attack during an FA Cup tie, will show off his salsa skills for the one-off Christmas edition of the BBC1 show.

Fabrice Muamba and his dance partner on the Christmas edition of Strictly Come Dancing Credit: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

The Zaire-born player, who recently tied the knot with Shauna Magunda, was technically dead for 78 minutes during the match against Spurs but was brought back after repeated shocks from a defibrillator, which made his heart beat again.

The show will be screened on Christmas Day at 6.15pm.

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