'I’ve gone from top rugby player to being disabled': Rhys Thomas speaks about devastating heart attacks

Mirror UK | Mark Smith

Waiting: Rhys Thomas is on the organ donor list

A rugby star who was regarded as one of most talented props in the country when he suffered a heart attack is now waiting to find out if he will get a new heart.

Former Wales forward Rhys Thomas lost his career, and nearly his life, after being struck by a series of devastating heart attacks.

He was given just 12 months to live, but managed to recover slightly and is now hooked up to a machine to help his heart pump blood around his body, he told the Wales Online .

The father-of-two and stepfather-of-two said the first shock came when he had the first heart attack in 2007.

He had an operation to remove a clot in his heart and within six months he was back playing rugby.

The former Newport Dragons and Scarlets star said: “After the first minor heart attack, I recovered quickly and went back to playing rugby. Continue reading