Former England captain and 2003 World Cup winner Matt Dawson has revealed how he underwent heart surgery after being bitten by a tick.
He said: “I’d heard of Lyme disease before. It was something I’d always associated with places abroad, on the continent, in America, wherever there were deer.
“There’s no way that I would’ve walked through a wood or a forest with my kids and gone back home and thought, ‘right, I’ll just check for some ticks just to make sure everything is fine’. I just wouldn’t have thought of that.
He added: “It was a really scary time for me and my family. Such a tiny creature caused me to end up needing heart surgery.”
— The Big Tick Project (@bigtickproject) August 16, 2017
Dawson is now free of the disease, having undergone multiple heart operations and endured 18 months of treatment, the BBC said.
But he said: “I’m still on medication and its going to take a lot of time for the heart to fully recover.”