Miracle ex-Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba has shown off his new son for the first time and revealed he burst into tears when the tot was born as he was reminded of the fragility of his own life.
The former midfielder was effectively dead for more than an hour when he collapsed following a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match last year but has now become a father for the second time.
In an interview with Hello! magazine, 25-year-old Muamba said of his new arrival Matthew: "I looked at him, this precious new life we'd created after I'd come so close to losing mine, and in that moment it just hit me that he wouldn't have been here.
"In that moment, it all came back and I just went - I lost it completely," he added about the birth last month.
Within months of his near-death experience he had made an astonishing recovery to the extent that he could take part in gentle kickabouts and record a seasonal edition of Strictly Come Dancing, as well as tying the knot with wife Shauna, 28, in October.
The couple, who posed with their four-year-old son Josh for the magazine, were already expecting their new boy at the time they married at Cheshire's Peckforton Castle but said they did not realise it at the time.
Shauna said her husband, who came to the UK at the age of 11 from war-torn Zaire unable to speak English, was a "calm and reassuring" presence at the birth on June 28.
"Then, when Matthew was delivered safely and they put him in Fab's arms, his composure just went and he had a total meltdown," she said.
He has now retired from professional football but hopes to continue to have a role in the sport as a pundit.
"I want to make the most of every precious day and one of the most important things I've learnt is that I don't have time to waste," he said.
The British Heart Foundation is calling on people across the UK to fight back against heart disease.
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The moving TV advert also features the moment that footballer Fabrice Muamba suffered from an on pitch cardiac arrest.
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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."
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.
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.
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.
Fabrice Muamba is distributing the first six defibrillators from his Charity Hearts & Goals in Bolton.
Hearts & Goals is a campaign aimed at placing 500 defibrillators in public places around the country.
Led by Fabrice, the campaign involves Bolton Wanderers Football Club in partnership with the Arrhythmia Alliance, North West Ambulance Service and Bolton Wanderers Community Trust.