“My message is pretty simple, if you have a sore throat, go get it checked out. It could save your life.”
Meet Matt Johnson, a former midfielder for the Blues rugby team. Matt had rheumatic fever when he was 13 and has been experiencing severe heart problems ever since.
He’s had three open-heart surgeries, two aortic valve replacements and, most recently, severe complications from an infected valve and dislodged stent.