Vikings LB Cameron Smith Needs Open Heart Surgery Due to Condition Discovered After Positive Coronavirus Test

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Minnesota Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith has a heart condition that will require surgery and force him to miss the entire 2020 season, a realization that was made only after he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Smith announced the diagnosis Saturday in an Instagram post and said the open heart surgery will fix a bicuspid aortic valve.

“Although this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn’t have lasted much longer,” Smith said in the post. “I found this out after I tested positive for COVID and had to have further testing done as protocol.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Lorenzo Reyes