Dan Hardy is still dealing with the fallout from his Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome diagnosis, which in practical terms means he basically has a second heartbeat. Here he is giving Bloody Elbow’s Steph Daniels an update, which isn’t really an update because it’s the same damn depressing news he gave us the last time he was asked about it:
I’ve had a second consultation, but they didn’t really tell me anything. They just said that in order to clear me, they need to know how strong the second heartbeat is, and in order to find out how strong it is, they need to go in through my neck and femoral artery to study it. That’s essentially the same thing as burning out the heartbeat. While they’re in there, if they can find where it is, they can burn it out at the same time.It just doesn’t make any sense to me. I spoke to my doctor in the UK, and he said not to touch it. The procedure is the easy option for everybody involved except me.
I’m not going to have anything done. I’ll only get that surgery if it becomes a necessity. If at some point in my life, it becomes harmful to me, or I develop bad symptoms, I might consider it. I’ve done all of these things in my life up to this point, without an issue. There’s no logic to going in and getting it done, because it just doesn’t need doing.
The value of getting the surgery to carry on fighting or not getting it and carrying on with my life … there’s not really a great difference there. Obviously, I would like to fight, if it was my decision, but it’s not. It’s frustrating because I was in motion for another fight. I was preparing, and then it was abruptly stopped.
What a shit situation to be in. The guy is fine and has probably competed his entire career with this condition never causing him any problems. But rather than recognize that obvious as the nose on your face fact and allowing him to fight with a few extra safeguards in place, commissions are demanding he undergo a very serious surgical procedure that tinkers with his heart. A slightly important organ which, if messed with, may cause Dan some oh so slight issues with his quality of life.
You know all that shit granola hippies are always yapping about re: an over-reliance on surgery and medications and all that unnatural crap? Yeah, this here is a prime example of that in action.