English soccer star Fabrice Muamba's condition has shown signs of improvement over the past few days since the athlete suffered from cardiac arrest while showcasing his football talents on the field.
Muamba plays as a midfielder for the English club the Bolton Wanderers. He collapsed shortly after half time during a FA Cup Quarter-Final game against Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend.
He was left in critical condition and under intensive care until Monday evening when doctors no longer described his state as "critical."
"He is continuing to show sings of improvement this evening. He is now able to breathe independently without the aid of a ventilator," the Bolton and London Chest hospitals said in a joint statement regarding the condition of the star.
"He has also been able to recognize family members and respond to questions appropriately," they added.
"These are all positive signs of progress. However, this condition remains serious and the medical staff in intensive care will continue to monitor and treat him."
Muamba also began moving his arms and legs by Monday evening while under care.
The 23-year-old soccer star has a three-year-old son and recently became engaged to his fiancé Shauna Muamba on Valentine's Day.
The future wife of the athlete took to her Twitter account to thank friends and fans for their prayers.
"All your prayers are working people thank u so so much. Every prayer makes him stronger. To God be the glory," she wrote on the social networking site.
Muamba was born in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and began his professional football career in 2005. He moved to the United Kingdom in his youth and grew up in east London from the age of 11.