Scott Fleming

Living with Wolff Parkinson White syndrome

I was 27 when I collapsed whilst playing Sunday league football. Little did I know I had been living my life with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW).

I survived this collapse and resulting coma and awoke to find the doctors still never knew what was wrong with me.

After a few tests they discovered what it was and were pretty surprised that I was still around!

A few days later and I was whisked off for the ablation procedure, after which I was told I could head home.  It wasn’t too long before I was building my strength up and leading a normal life again.

I am now back playing football, going to the gym and recently (February 2009) I just climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, raising over £3000 in the process.

So by no means does having had WPW have to slow you down.

The key part is getting it diagnosed first – in my case this could have saved the NHS thousands of pounds and a whole lot of precious work hours!