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Tottenham Hotspur doctor Shabaaz Mughal wins prize at 2013 Asian Football Awards for saving Fabrice Muamba
A doctor who works for Tottenham Hotspur has received a national award after he saved a football player’s life last year.
Shabaaz Mughal won the Behind the Scenes Medical honour at the 2013 Asian Football Awards for his role in saving Fabrice Muamba.
In March of last year the Bolton midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest during a match against Spurs at White Hart Lane stadium.
Thanks to the efforts of doctors the other medical personnel Mr Muamba made a full recovery – despite his heart stopping for almost an hour. Dr Mughal was the first doctor on the scene.
He said: "It is a real honour to win this award.
“I am proud to have played an important role in what is has been recognised as the most high-profile medical incident on the pitch.
"The medical treatment we were able to provide Fabrice Muamba that evening has brought a lot of good.
“The positives are that it has helped raise awareness of CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation].
"It has been great to see all the great work done in Asian football recognised. They have all been inspirational."
Dr Mughal was given the award at a ceremony held at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, October 8.
The Asian Football Awards aim to improve the awareness of the positive impact made by Asians within the UK football industry.
It also hopes to engage with organisations and individuals to help increase participation levels.
The awards evening was hosted by the BBC Asian Network presenter Noreen Khan and Sky Sports News presenter Dharmesh Sheth.
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