In most cases, when a footballer is diagnosed with a heart problem, he is advised to quit playing football at a professional level. That was the reason Fabrice Muamba had to retire at the young age of 24 after suffering a cardiac arrest that nearly resulted in his death. Also, there are speculations that Christian Eriksen may not play professional football again after a similar fate befell him in the Euro 2020 group stage match between Denmark and Finland. However, an example of a player who carried on against all odds is Nigeria's Kanu Nwankwo.
However, he didn't quite have a smooth football journey because his career suffered a tremendous blow after he was diagnosed with a heart problem- and as a result of a heart valve defect, he underwent a heart surgery in the year 1996. It was critical, as there were doubts concerning his professional football future.
Kanu, in an interview, thanked his wife Amara for the role she played in his recovery. According to him, after he had undergone his second heart surgery in the year 2014, his wife helped nurse him back to health when she noticed some irregularities in his heartbeat. And she urged him to go for a medical check-up when the sound of his heartbeat was abnormally loud.
Kanu said that in those trying times, she always stood by him and showed him great care and motivated him to eat healthy, carry out exercises and 'listen to his body.' He also said that the children kept asking about their daddy- and all that helped him regain his health.
Kanu had a pretty decent football career despite the setback- and in the year 2000, he founded the Kanu Heart Foundation to aid children in Africa, who were faced with heart-related challenges.
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