It has been confirmed by The Sharks Super 15 Rugby franchise that their Zimbabwean born Springbok prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira is currently in hospital for a heart condition.
Initially the Sharks issued a press release stating that Mtawarira was in the fourth week of his rehab after injuring his ankle last month, but it has now been revealed that the prop is actually in a Cape Town hospital having heart treatment.
“Yes, I am in hospital here in Cape Town. But I can’t speak right now because I want to maintain a low profile,” the Springbok loosehead prop told Sport24 in an interview.
The twenty-six-year-old Zimbabwean born prop was admitted to the heart unit of a private hospital in Cape Town because he is suffering from heart palpitations.
Sharks team doctor Ewoudt van der Linde says that the private hospital in the Cape is the best in the country to treat Mtawarira’s condition
“It’s not the first time it’s happening to him. Beast has been struggling with the condition for quite some time and because he is recovering from his ankle injury, we thought it would be the opportune time to send him to Cape Town for treatment,” said Van der Linde.
“They have a new procedure where the heart is treated with lasers. Hopefully it will solve his problem,” Van der Linde explained.
Van de Linder said that there was nothing to be concerned about because the heart condition is not threatening to end Mtawarira’s rugby career prematurely.
“There is a family history and the condition is hereditary. But it is not so serious. It’s nothing new and has happened many times in matches before. ”
“Beast is used to it already. This is not the first and also not the last time it will happen. It especially happens with a lot of married men,” he quipped.