Fabrice Muamba ties the knot in a star-studded ceremony

(From left to right) Robin Van Persie, his wife Bouchra, Shauna Magunda and Fabrice Muamba. Credit: Hello! Magazine/PA Wire

Fabrice Muamba celebrated a "happy ending" to a traumatic seven months after he tied the knot in a star-studded ceremony.

The former Bolton Wanderers midfielder married Shauna Magunda in a wedding watched by Premier League players such as Robin Van Persie and Jason Roberts.

Muamba and his new bride - who wed a week ago - are pictured in the new edition of Hello! magazine with Manchester United striker Van Persie and his wife Bouchra.

Seven months ago, Muamba collapsed on the pitch when his heart stopped as Bolton played Tottenham Hostpur - leaving him technically dead for 78 minutes.

The former footballer, 24, told the magazine: "This year has been a difficult one but, to me, marriage is the happy ending."

Dr Sam Mohiddin from the London Chest Hospital - one of the men who helped save Muamba's life - was among the guests at the wedding.

A medical team attending to Fabrice Muamba in March. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

He said: "Seven months ago this day was completely inconceivable. I just feel elated for Fabrice and Shauna, and so honoured to be here to celebrate with them."

Van Persie said the day was "particularly special" because of the life-threatening incident.

He said: "The cardiac arrest had a big impact on everyone in football, and we all lived the moment as Fab recovered in hospital. Everyone is so relieved and happy for him and Shauna."

The couple's three-year-old son Joshua was pageboy for the ceremony which was watched by former Manchester United striker Andy Cole and Muamba's Bolton team-mates Stuart Holden and Martin Petrov.

  • The full interview is in the latest edition of Hello! which is out now.