Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, whose heart stopped for 78 minutes after he collapsed during an FA Cup match against Tottenham at White hart lane, has received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bolton.
The twenty four years old Congolese born Briton was honoured at the University's degree congregation ceremony for students, their friends and families to celebrate graduation day.
Dr George Holmes, Vice Chancellor of the university, said: 'Fabrice is an exceptional young man in his own right, but he will receive his honorary doctorate to celebrate and recognise the work of the teams who rushed to his aid.
'The University is developing its strength in the field of sports science and associated clinical work for elite athletes.
In March this year during the first half of an FA Cup quarter-final between Bolton and Tottenham, Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest.
Millions of TV viewers watched as medical staff rushed to his aid with the player receiving lengthy treatment on the pitch.
He recovered in hospital but doctors who saved his life later confirmed that his heart had stopped for 78 minutes.
Muamba and his family fled war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, seeking asylum in the UK.
Despite arriving in London age 11, unable to speak English, he went on to achieve 10 GCSEs and three A levels and joined Arsenal FC’s youth academy in 2002.
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