Anorak | Fabrice Muamba is a sign of God’s love for mankind

Fabrice Muamba is a sign of God’s love for mankind

by | 20th, March 2012

FABRICE Muamba: Anorak’s round-up of the gravely ill Bolton Wanderers player in the news:

The press have adopted Fabrice Muamba as as cause. The Independent leads with:

Fabrice Muamba: Adopted son who thrived in the face of adversity

The Daily Express, Daily Star and Daily Mail also love Muamba. But it wasn’t always so. Please read: Fabrice Muamba turns from sponging black immigrant to footballing hero.

The Daily Star’s front-page headline offers:


Fabrice Muamba is 23.

FABRICE Muamba’s family have had their prayers answered after he spoke for the first time since his collapse, and smiled at a pal’s jokes.

So. Praying does work.

The Mirror sees that first word and leads with Muamab’s “first words”. “Where;’s Josh,” says the headline.

And as the midfielder spoke for the first time since he collapsed after a cardiac arrest on Saturday, his delighted fiancée Shauna Magunda announced to worried fans their prayers had been answered. The 27-year-old, mother of his son Joshua, three, tweeted: “All your prayers are working people thank u so so much. Every prayer makes him stronger. To God be the glory.”

Yesterday, the Sun said “God Is In Control”. Do we find God in intensive care?

Terence Blacker notes “The Muamba Effect”:

At a moment of crisis, an old-fashioned kind of religion has taken centre-stage. For those of us who are non-believers, this instinctive turning to the heavens is startling. It was only last month, after all, that Baroness Warsi was warning of “aggressive secularism” being imposed on Britain. We are forever being reminded of our culture’s crisis of faith, not least by the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

Members of the Crown Nomination Commission whose job it is to find a successor to Dr Williams would be wise to bear in mind the Muamba effect.

Is Fabrice Muamba the saviour of the Church of England?

Today Sun decides that the start of what we hope is Muamba’s recovery is worthy of a front-page proclamation:


Another person speaking is Dr Andrew Deaner’s wife. He’s the “heart specialist who raced to Fabrice Muamba from the crowd”. Mrs Deaner says:

“Whenever he’s seen someone collapse he has gone and helped. I’ve lost count of the times it has happened.”

And, as the Yorkshire Evening Post says, it happens in squash:

Saturday’s incident at White Hart Lane, where Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba collapsed, is unfortunately not an entirely new one. Although the figures suggest it is still relatively rare, there is a distressing trend where young, seemingly healthy and fit people, often professional athletes, die from undiagnosed heart conditions.

In just the past few weeks two very public cases have

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