Former Big Bullets striker Godfrey Masonda has a career-threatening heart vessel defect that requires specialist treatment, Ntchisi District Hospital has confirmed.
The hospital’s health education and public relations officer Bwanalori Mwamlima released the medical report on Thursday with the consent of the player (25), who is grounded at his Ntchisi Boma family home.
“He has leaking valves of the heart (on the left atrium). This condition gives him recurrent chest pains, headache and raised blood pressure. He was referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital for specialists intervention two weeks ago,” Mwamlima explained in a response to an e-mail.
On Tuesday, Masonda said he experiences chest pains related to a heart ailment he was diagnosed with at the hospital.
“I have been to hospital many times and every time, I am diagonised with a different ailment. I was also told that my pancreas is swollen. The other time I went, they said I have too much fat. Later, they told me I have ulcers. I am confused,” Masonda said on Wednesday.
“I am at home being taken care of by my parents. Unless I get specialist medical treatment, say at Mwaiwathu, it is impossible for me to resume playing. That my contract in Mozambique with Ferroviaro de Nacala expired and I am unattached complicates matters,” he said.
Masonda made an instant impact upon signing for Bullets in 2012 and made headlines alongside Gabadinho Mhango. Masonda joined Ferroviaro de Nacala of Mozambique until last season.