The 23 year old suffered a cardiac arrest that nearly killed him.

Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba retires on medical advice, five months after cardiac arrest which nearly killed him.

Muamba collapsed on the pitch in the FA Cup Round 6 match between his club, Bolton Wanderers, and Tottenham Hotspurs at White Hart Lane in London on Saturday, 17 March, 2012. Muamba collapsed without coming in contact with any other player and was treated on the pitch for close to seven minutes before he was rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

Muamba has been diagnosed as suffering from Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (HOCM), a disorder that “makes the heart of young athletes operate like that of an 80-year-old”.

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