Michael Watson exclusive: Miracles do happen, Fabrice - I'm the proof
Published 23:00 19/03/12 By Mike Walters
Michael Watson has joined the nation’s vigil for Fabrice Muamba and told him: Miracles do happen.
Boxer Watson – carried unconscious, like Muamba, from White Hart Lane 21 years ago – awoke from a coma after 40 days following life-saving surgery to remove blood clots from his brain.
And as Bolton midfielder Muamba, who suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed in Saturday’s abandoned FA Cup quarter-final, was reported by doctors to be breathing unaided and responding to questions, Watson offered him hope of coming back from the brink.
Watson, who collapsed after being stopped in the final round of a title fight against Chris Eubank at the Lane in 1991, admitted Muamba’s emergency had triggered haunting flashbacks to his own ordeal.
But his startling powers of recovery defied medical opinion.
From his home in north-east London Watson, 47, told the Mirror: “People talk about fate, but when I heard what had happened to Fabrice Muamba – at White Hart Lane, of all places – it blew my mind to pieces.
“As well as feeling terrible for a footballer and what his family are going through, it brought a lot of painful memories flooding back.
“Although I was in a coma for 40 days, I remember everything about the fight like it was yesterday. And it shook me up big-time to discover another warrior now finds himself in God’s hands like I was.
“But I’m praying for him, and I’m proof the impossible is sometimes possible. I’ve been down the same track and I’m still here to tell the tale 21 years later.
“I went through hell and back. Nobody outside my hospital room gave me a chance. I lay in bed listening to doctors warning my mum I would be vegetable if I survived, but I confounded them.
“And I know Fabrice will get better because you can’t keep a good man down, and I’m told he is a good man.
“If we keep praying for him, it will release the fighting spirit in him. It’s a test of faith, it’s all about staying positive.
“I believe he will get better because miracles do happen – I’m the proof.”