Legendary Nigerian international ex-footballer, Kanu Nwankwo has opened up about how his wife Amara saved his life due to early detection.
He first had an open-surgery in 1996, but she was able to take care of him, and nurse him back to his health.
According to him one night, after their three children were in bed and they were prepared to go to bed, Amara was listening to the his heartbeat and noticed something unusual, that kept her awake.
So she encouraged him to get it checked immediately. Considering that more than a decade earlier, Kanu had needed lifesaving open-heart surgery after being diagnosed with a heart valve defect, he took her advice and it led to the discovery that indeed all was not well, so treatment began immediately.
She recalls: “His heartbeat sounded much louder than normal. I was listening to his chest and it sounded odd.”
Kanu says: “She was saying I should go for a check-up so I took her advice.”
The result of the test showed that Kanu had further damage to his heart and he urgently needed a second operation.
“It was the same faulty valve,” she says. “It was like a ticking time bomb. It’s just one of those things we were lucky to find out.”
Daily Mail reports that Kanu concluded by saying “Now I Know that being fit and strong doesn’t make your heart 100%.