Statement from Tendai Mtawarira
November 17, 2012
Springbok prop Tendai Mtawarira is recovering from a successful minor medical procedure to correct an intermittent irregular heart rhythm he experienced last weekend.

Mtawarira returned home to South Africa from the Springbok touring squad last Monday. This followed his withdrawal from the Test against Ireland in Dublin on November 10 as a precautionary measure, after he had a recurrence of mild heart palpitations that morning.

The Springbok prop had an irregular heart rhythm, according to Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts. He underwent a minor procedure in Cape Town on Wednesday to correct this and was released from hospital on Friday.

Mtawarira wanted to thank everyone involved for the support he’s received in the last few days.

“I am well, so there is really no need to worry,” said Mtawarira.

“The procedure went well. It’s only a minor procedure and sometimes it needs to be done more than once to clear the palpitations. This is something that has happened to me before and that can be treated. Also, it’s not career-threatening.

“Sometimes I get quite excited before a game and that is probably what triggered it. I am at peace with everything because I know God has a great plan for my life. I have prayed about it with my family and trust the Lord for a full recovery.

“It’s sad to miss out on the last two Tests of the season, but I’ve enjoyed a good year and am looking forward to 2013 very much.

“There are obviously positives to come out of this as well, one of which is that my little girl was very happy to have me home a bit earlier than expected.

“To all my fans, the medical staff that helped and everyone who passed on good wishes – thank you for the support and love.”

Mtawarira will not grant further interviews and asked that his and his family's privacy be respected at this time.