Tennis Player Back in Action After Suffering Major Heart Attack


As a competitive tennis player, Robin Kumar traveled extensively for the sport. By the age of 42, he had established a thriving coaching business in Melbourne, Australia, alongside raising two young children with his wife.

One morning, Robin felt a strange discomfort in his neck. Sensing something was wrong, he drove himself to Sunshine Hospital. While standing at the reception counter, Robin felt a sharp pain in his chest and suddenly collapsed. 

Thanks to the swift response of the emergency team, Robin was resuscitated. Doctors discovered a blockage in the main artery of his heart. In the catheterization lab, Dr. Samer Noaman implanted an Impella CP® with SmartAssist®, and another doctor successfully cleared the blockage to Robin's heart.

Robin's heart had recovered and the Impella was removed. Today, Robin's heart function has returned to normal, allowing him to resume coaching tennis. In a remarkable turn of events, Robin took to the tennis court with a very special student – none other than Dr. Noaman, the physician who played a crucial role in saving his life.

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