Former Springbok lock Kobus Wiese is being closely monitored in hospital after suffering a massive heart attack.
According to information coming through on Thursday, April 8, the 56-year-old was at home when he started to feel unwell on Wednesday afternoon.
The host of the Super rugby show was then rushed to Mediclinic Panorama in Cape Town, where it’s reported he underwent a procedure to have an intravascular stent inserted into a narrowed vein.
A stent was successfully inserted to open the vein, and Wiese will now be closely monitored in the hospital’s heart unit for the next 48 to 72 hours.
Former Springbok compatriot and close friend Toks van der Linde told Netwerk24 that Wiese was thankfully in a stable condition.
“I spoke to Kobus this morning and he’s OK. He’s a very big pal of mine.”
“We have been friends since 1995. He is a strong man.”
Van der Linde said he was in regular communication with Wiese and his wife.
“Kobus was very lucky, but he is such a strong character that I know he will pull through.”
“I don’t think any of us have slept very much, but Kobus is a strong oke, and now he’s got a second chance.”
Van der Linde said immense credit needed to go to all the medical staff and doctors, who helped save Wiese’s life.
“Kobus already says he’s ready to go home,’ Van der Linde commented with a chuckle.
The 56-year-old played in 18 Tests for the Springboks and played an instrumental part of the 1995 World Cup-winning team.
He also featured in 128 matches for Transvaal/Golden Lions during his playing days.
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