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Watson feared dying of heart-attack

Written by: Staff

Sydney, Oct 27 (UNI) With a history of heart ailments in his family, Australian allrounder Shane Watson revealed he was worried that he may be dying of a cardiac arrest himself when being taken to hospital after complaining of chest pain at Mohali.

Watson's father Bob has had a triple-bypass surgery 10 years ago and the bowler, in India for the ongoing Champions Trophy, said he suspected a heart-attack when the chest pain first started in his hotel room.

''Going through my head was that my dad has already had a triple heart bypass, so I was hoping my heart was right,'' Watson was quoted by the 'Courier Mail' as saying.

''There was history in my family of heart disease so that made me worried. I was also thinking of my mate Scott Mason, who passed away last year from a heart attack,'' he said, referring to his former teammate in Tasmania who last year collapsed during a net session.

''He was one of my really good mates, and that was really hard.

All those things were going through my mind because I'd never had chest pains before, so I didn't know what it was,'' Watson said.

The allrounder recalled his agony and said he was not sure what triggered the problem, which was later diagnosed as a gastritis.

''I was just about crumpled up on the floor. I was in really bad pain. I normally eat a lot of spicy stuff at home anyway...but they said anything can flare it up, a chilli or something,'' he said.

''I can't put it down to anything particular I ate. I just started to get really bad pains in my chest and it gradually got worse and worse,'' he added.

Watson revealed he called his parents to reassure them about his health and said he would definitely play in the must-win tie against India on Sunday.

''There's no reason why I wouldn't play. The great thing was that it happened a fair way out from the game so I can get a bit of rest and make sure everything is right for the game,'' he said.

''I talked to dad that night. Thank god everything was fine,'' he added.


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