Vikings Player Gives Update on His Heart Surgery That Was Prescribed after COVID-19 Tests
Cameron Smith, a Minnesota Vikings Player, recently took to social media to give an update about the surgery he had to undertake. The star ended up needing heart surgery after he had a test for COVID-19.
On Tuesday, Cameron Smith, 23, shared on Instagram that his heart surgery was a success. The athlete also revealed how he was “feeling good” and was ready for his recovery so he could get back on the field.
In two hashtags he noted how the surgery was a minor setback and that he was going to present a major comeback. Smith also included a photo of himself lying in a hospital bed giving a thumbs-up sign while holding a red stuffed heart pillow.
Cameron Smith of the Minnesota Vikings during the second half of a preseason game on August 29, 2019, in Orchard Park, New York | Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig/Getty Images
The linebacker had to have surgery to fix a heart abnormality that was discovered when he was testing for the novel coronavirus disease. A congenital heart defect occurs when a bicuspid aortic valve causes one’s heart to enlarge.
Cameron Smith is now in recovery but he won’t be back on the field anytime soon.
HOW HE DISCOVERED THE AILMENT
Smith made the discovery earlier this month after he tested positive for COVID-19. He spoke openly about the discovery in another Instagram post where he wrote:
"It is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn’t have lasted much longer."
A GENETIC CONDITION
The linebacker stated how the bicuspid aortic valve was something genetic as he was born with it. Until he took his COVID-19 test, Smith was unaware that he suffered from the condition.
THANKING GOD FOR PROTECTION
He went on to thank God for His protection by revealing the ailment on time. “The Minneapolis Star-Tribune,” shared how the NFL player would spend 12 weeks in recovery.
SITTING OUT THE SEASON
He’s also set to sit out the 2020 NFL season, which will start on September 10, 2020. On Tuesday, Coach Mike Zimmer noted how Smith was in good shape after having his procedure on Monday.
WHERE THE SURGERY WAS DONE
The surgery was done in a hospital in Philadelphia. Zimmer also noted how the athlete was going to stay in recovery for a while.