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"Do it sooner rather than later"

Murray Gush has known about his CHD for as long as he can remember. He was born with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) - a hole between the lower two chambers of his heart - and paid regular visits to his cardiologist, Dr Danksy, throughout this life to keep an eye on it.

“It was never bad enough that I needed surgery,” says Murray, who jokingly laughs about the facts that after moving out of his parents house five years ago, he never scheduled in his check-ups with Dr Dansky, “it was inevitable though that I would need surgery at some stage, so it just a matter of when, not if.”

In October 2021, Murray finally made it to his appointment with Dr Dansky where they discovered that the hole had increased in size and was putting pressure on one of his heart valves. Murray had a choice… he could delay his op until a later stage but face the possibility of then also needing valve replacement surgery, or he could choose to go in for his op. Being fit, strong and healthy he chose the latter and asked Dr Dansky to give him a couple of months to settle into his new job.

Murray (holding the orange ball) with some of his mates on the golf course following on from his open heart surgery.

In February 2022, at 31 years old, Murray went in for surgery under the lead of cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Hendrick Mamorare. “My scar is a lot bigger than it would have been if I had had the surgery when I was younger,” jokes Murray, “but all went well… I went in on the Friday and was out by the Tuesday.”

Old habits die hard and Murray has not yet been back for his post-op check-up. “Apparently it is meant to be one month post-op, but in my mind I had three months for some reason”. After his six weeks of recovery and rest, he has been playing indoor soccer and a couple rounds of golf and is awaiting Dr Dansky’s go head next month for the more extreme training and sports.

“Do it sooner rather than later” are some of Murray’s final words as he finishes sharing about his journey. Advise that we feel seeps into the way we ought to live life! Sooner rather than later.


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