On August 27th 2017, Kumar Seetharam underwent main cardiac surgical procedure after struggling a coronary heart assault that doubtless started whereas taking part in tennis along with his daughter. Mistaking warning indicators for muscle fatigue, it was solely till his spouse, Lisa Seetharam, checked his racing pulse that the household realized it was an emergency.
USTA Florida had the chance to go to the Seetharam household in early January of 2020. Theirs is a narrative of therapeutic and hope. Seetharam explains, “I wish to inform my story about getting again to tennis.”
Throughout that tragic month, the household had been visiting his sister in upstate New York. On August 23rd, after a standard hitting session along with his daughter, Seetharam started to note tight chest pains as he continued sweating profusely lengthy after their session ended. 4 days later, he was present process Quadruple Bypass Open Coronary heart surgical procedure.
Having at all times lived a wholesome life-style, Seetharam actually had no plans of needing an emergency surgical procedure to manage the move of blood to his coronary heart. His spouse Lisa, who’s had a profitable profession as a registered nurse, recollects “he was discovered to have four blockages within the main arteries of his coronary heart, about 90% occluded in most of them. He was transferred to a different hospital about 2 hours away from the place we had been staying.”
Tennis has at all times been a household affair for the Seetharams. It’s the sport that introduced Kumar and Lisa collectively, and it additionally strengthened the bond between Kumar and his daughter, Religion Seetharam. As Religion’s ‘Woman Dad’ coach, Kumar saved religion through the therapeutic course of that he would as soon as once more be a part of her on the courtroom. It was with the large assist of his household that Kumar was in a position to just do that solely three months after the surgical procedure.
Kumar’s brother, Ram Seetharam, chimes in, “He’s such a match particular person. He was at all times that manner so after I bought a name from my sister telling me she was taking him to the hospital for chest pains, my first thought was perhaps he had an excessive amount of pizza.”
Jokes apart, Ram has been each bit as instrumental in his brother’s therapeutic course of. A pickleball teacher himself, Ram provides “I used to be considering positively. He’s an excellent participant so I believed in him. I believed he might [return to the courts]. After which he believed that he might do it. It’s all optimistic considering.
That’s me. My life is sort of a recreation of tennis: I by no means surrender.”
Taking small steps was the important thing to Kumar’s therapeutic. He remembers, “It began with respiratory, controlling my respiratory to handle stress. Subsequent it was strolling, even simply 5 minutes in the home. Finally I began understanding and proper now I play day-after-day for about thirty minutes.”
Diligently following a strict weight-reduction plan and exercise schedule immediately result in Kumar’s fast restoration.
He provides, “I’m planning to begin taking part in in tournaments once more, as quickly as subsequent month with my daughter in a group occasion.” Since then, and sadly because of the world-wide pandemic, Kumar and his daughter haven’t been in a position to play in tournaments however they’ve been taking part in within the evenings once more.
Kumar’s message is straightforward: “I bought a second likelihood so I’m residing life to the fullest. I take pleasure in each second with my household, particularly hitting with my daughter. When one thing like this occurs, you by no means lose hope.
You retain going. And naturally, have common medical checkups.”