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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. Photo: 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.

The front page of Hello! magazine. Credit: Hello! Magazine/PA Wire

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.