FABRICE Muamba has shared the story of his recovery with The Sun newspaper throughout this week. He told reporters: ‘I asked God to protect me and he didn’t let me down. I am walking proof of the power of prayer. For 78 minutes I was dead and even if I lived was expected to have suffered brain damage. But I’m very much alive and sitting here talking now. Someone up there was watching over me.’ The 24-year-old footballer was speaking for the first time since he collapsed on the pitch in front of fans.