It had happened on that day when both couples were about to sleep after putting their children to bed, Kanu's hammering heartbeat kept Amara awake. She said:
“His heartbeat sounded much louder than normal. I was listening to his chest and it sounded odd.”
In 1996, Kanu had needed lifesaving open-heart surgery after being diagnosed with a heart valve effect. Amara, who couldn't hide how she felt, insisted that her husband go for check up immediately.
In Kanu's words:
“She was saying I should go for a check-up so I took her advice.” And Amara was proved right because experts told him there was further damage to his heart and he urgently needed a second operation. .
“It was the same faulty valve,” “It was like a ticking time bomb. It’s just one of those things we were lucky to find out.”
However, not only did Amara saved his life, she also nursed him back to health.
Kanu's first open heart surgery was in 1996 after a routine medical examination at the football club, Inter Milan, revealed he has a serious heart defect. As at that time, Kanu had just helped Nigeria secure Gold at the Olympics.
It was a complete shock but Kanu says:
“Now I know that being fit and strong doesn’t make your heart 100%.”
Credit - YBL