Former England rugby captain Matt Dawson has today revealed how he underwent heart surgery after being bitten by a tick.
The 44-year-old developed feverish symptoms after visiting a park in London early last year and was later diagnosed with Lyme disease, he told the BBC.
Dawson said: "I'd heard of Lyme disease before. It was something I'd always associated with places abroad, on the continent, in America, wherever there were deer. "There's no way that I would've walked through a wood or a forest with my kids and gone back home and thought, 'right, I'll just check for some ticks just to make sure everything is fine'. I just wouldn't have thought of that." He added: "It was a really scary time for me and my family. Such a tiny creature caused me to end up needing heart surgery." Dawson is now free of the disease, having undergone multiple heart operations and endured 18 months of treatment, the BBC said.