Beast being treated in hospital

2012-02-28 06:58

Cape Town – Springbok prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira is currently being treated in a Cape Town hospital for a heart condition.

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The popular Sharks player admitted that he was in hospital, but was understandably reluctant to speak about his state of health.

“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 said on Monday.

The 26 year-old Zimbabwean born front row forward is recovering from a fractured ankle. According to Sharks team doctor Ewoudt van der Linde, the injured ankle will keep him out of action for at least three to four months.

Van der Linde however confirmed that Mtawarira was admitted to the heart unit of a private hospital in Cape Town because he is suffering from heart palpitations.

“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.

According to Van der Linde, the private hospital in the Cape is the best in the country to treat Mtawarira’s condition.
“They have a new procedure where the heart is treated with lasers. Hopefully it will solve his problem,” Van der Linde explained.

The doctor however said there is nothing to be concerned about because the heart condition will not threaten to bring a premature end to Mtawarira’s rugby career. The Beast has played for the Sharks in 67 Super Rugby matches and has 32 Test caps under his belt for the Boks.

“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.

Van der Linde says Craig Roberts, the Springbok team doctor, has already treated the heart palpitations in the past.

SA Rugby however does not know about the new treatment Mtawarira is currently undergoing in Cape Town.

“Beast is an vital player not only for the Sharks but also for the Springboks. That is why it’s important that he recovers as soon as possible so that he will be ready to be considered for the tests in June,” he added.


  • Saffa - 2012-02-28 07:05

    All of the best big guy. If you are where I think you are - those dedicated cardiac magicians will have you sorted in no time. Indeed the best facility in the country.

  • Lionel - 2012-02-28 07:09

    Must be Panarama hospital,best heart unit!!!! Speedy recovery there Beast,Bokke need you against England!!!

      Saffa - 2012-02-28 07:13

      Netcare - Christiaan Barnard hospital, I reckon. Those folk work miracles....

      Jason - 2012-02-28 07:53

      Panorama heart unit, best in the country! get well soon big guy. Good thing is you cant die from heart palpitations but its an unnerving feeling.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-02-28 07:37

    A blonde woman break his heart?

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-02-28 07:37

    What, did a blonde woman break his heart?

  • Bootman - 2012-02-28 07:38

    If I knew my team was playing the Stormers on Saturday, I would also have heart palpitations. Here we go Stormers, here we go!!!!

      Bootman - 2012-02-28 08:06

      Watch your language Ken. For an old ballie you're quite rude.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-02-28 09:17

      Bootman, in a way I can understand why Bulls supporters are arrogant, since they've actually won something in the last 11 years. But there's no reason for you to be arrogant, other than the fact you're a complete w@nker

  • Chris - 2012-02-28 07:42

    Get well soon, the game's not the same without BEEEEEEEEAST echoing round the stadium.

  • Fred - 2012-02-28 07:48

    Performance enhancing drugs?

      Fred - 2012-02-28 09:09

      Not an accusation, just a question.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-02-28 09:19

      Fred, like Jaco said, do some research. I have had heart palpitations. Does that mean I take performance enhancing drugs? No way

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 09:25

      @Fred, professional sportsmen are tested regularly twat, there is no way they can take supplements without being found and banned...

  • Gert - 2012-02-28 07:48

    Married men? WTF? How can marriage cause a heart condition?

      Jason - 2012-02-28 07:53

      You obviously are not or have not been married. lmfao!

      Jason - 2012-02-28 07:55

      On second thoughts, that's probably your kid sitting on your lap in your profile pic, so I will say this..........It was the Doctors attempt at humor. As heart palpitations are commonly caused by stress!

      Peter - 2012-02-28 07:58

      Didn't you know? It can cause brain conditions too.

      Daniel - 2012-02-28 08:09

      Errm, maybe its not his kid sitting on his lap.... it would explain a lot!

      Gert - 2012-02-28 09:02

      @Peter, you're wrong. It doesn't cause brain conditions. Brain conditions cause marriage. LOL @Daniel, thats my boy. Best thing that could ever have happened to me. (After getting married) @ JasonEye, maybe the doctor meant that the stress associated with taking on family responsibilities is a major cause for the disease then.

      Jason - 2012-02-28 10:12

      @Bloues, the sentence was ended with "he quipped" which means he said in jest! So no thats not what the doctor meant!

      Donna - 2012-02-28 10:22

      LOL @ jasoneye - it's lost on them i quipped.............. :)

      Gert - 2012-02-28 11:03

      @JasonEye - Thanks for the language lesson. Sometimes things like that gets lost due the language barrier. Will try to use that one in my blog.

  • arthurbrigg - 2012-02-28 08:21

    All the best Beast, you bloody brilliant rugga bugga!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-28 08:30

    Wishing you good health

  • chrisna3 - 2012-02-28 08:42

    Get better soon!!!!

  • Michael - 2012-02-28 08:45

    all the best Beast, you are a hero!

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-02-28 08:49


  • Francois - 2012-02-28 09:13

    get well big fella

  • kevin.moreland2 - 2012-02-28 09:40

    stay off the roids dumb ass!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-02-28 10:08

      Stay off the internet dumb ass!!!!!

      smadikizela - 2012-02-28 12:14

      may u should start taking some, mayb they can stimulate your brain cells.that

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-28 13:10

      You really sound stupid you moron.

  • Bokfan - 2012-02-28 10:10

    Cant wait to have you back. All the best.

  • Colleen - 2012-02-28 10:16

    We will miss you in the front row, all the best.

  • kvdwatt - 2012-02-28 10:35

    Seriously had a blond moment, maybe to much time spent on the Oscar site.... I read Beast in Hospital... thought....a animal in hosp.... why is this news (blush)... get well big guy...

  • derrick.dawson - 2012-02-28 10:54

    All the beast, hope the treatment works wonders.

  • tmango1 - 2012-02-28 12:27

    Get well soon Beeeeeast!

  • Carol - 2012-02-29 16:05

    Get better soon Beast we need you in the team when SA play the Poms.

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