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November 21, 2012

Dalton Wood undergoes successful heart surgery

McALESTER — How often do you notice your heartbeat? Asleep or awake, eating or play football, by yourself or with a crowd — your heartbeat provides a background rhythm, a near-silent “thump-thump” to your life.

Imagine that rhythm suddenly changed. How strange would it be to suddenly find your life dancing to a new beat?

McAlester sophomore quarterback Dalton Wood experienced that sensation on Oct. 5 at the Children’s Hospital at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Doctors successfully destroyed the extra electrical pathway in his heart — a condition called Wolf-Parkinson-White, or WPW, syndrome — that caused his heart to beat too fast and led to Wood fainting early in the Buffaloes’ season-opening game against Stillwater.

“Heart surgery changes your whole body for a couple of days,” Wood said Friday. “Your sense of coldness and hotness messes up, your feelings, everything.”

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