Washington, Sept 1 (ANI): Norwegian-American professional golfer Eric Compton is reportedly playing in this year's PGA FedEx Cup Playoff series even after having two heart transplants.
According to CBS News, Compton was diagnosed as a boy with viral cardiomyopathy, a life-threatening inflammation, and had to have a transplant when he was 12 years old, and then needed a second transplant in 2008.
Comparing his life-story to a movie, Compton, who is now playing with his third heart in the sport's highest level, however, said that six years ago, he was just trying to stay alive and was not even concerned about hitting the green, adding that he was coughing up blood.
Despite his near-death experience, Compton reportedly went on to qualify for the US Open, his first Major, in 2010, following which, he won the Mexican Open last year and tied for fourth at this year's Honda Classic, which is his best PGA Tour finish till now.
Compton also said that he is not focusing on the fact that he will have to have another transplant some years later as transplanted hearts typically last about 15 years, adding that he is now only concentrating on his game and being the best.
Compton finished this tour season ranked 117th, earning him a spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, his tour card for next year, and chance to bring even more attention to the importance of organ donors, the report added. (ANI)