James Wade health update issued after darts star falls ‘extremely unwell’

James Wade has released a health update via his official Twitter account after feeling “extremely unwell” last weekend.

The 39-year-old is a legend of darts. He won both the World Series of Darts and the European Championship as recently as 2018. In addition, Wade has won the Premier League on one occasion, in 2009. He is the current world number five.

The Englishman recently reached the semi-finals of the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship for the first time since 2013. He lost to Michael Smith at this stage.

In the 2022 Premier League, Wade beat Gerwyn Price 6-3 on the opening night in Cardiff. He also secured victory on night 12 with wins over Price, Gary Anderson, and Joe Cullen.

On Sunday, the current world number five fell ill after his quarter-final victory over Ryan Searle in the 2022 European Darts Open. Michael van Gerwen was the eventual winner of the event.

Wade felt “extremely unwell”, and subsequently travelled to a hospital in Leverkusen for tests.

Wade had to retire from the semi-final as a result. He was experiencing a racing heart, high blood pressure and dizziness. Doctors assessed him to establish the cause of these symptoms.

Wade issues health update

On Wednesday morning, Wade issued an update on Twitter. He is “comfortable and improving”. In addition, he is being kept in hospital to monitor his condition.

The statement reads: “World number five darts player James Wade is recovering in hospital after being taken ill on Sunday evening following a quarter-final victory in a European competition.

“Wade was forced to retire prior to the semi-final and was taken to a Leverkusen hospital following advice from a German paramedic team that were called to the venue to assist the Aldershot ace after he felt extremely unwell during the event.

“Following his admission to the hospital, Wade underwent a series of test to establish the cause of serious symptoms including a racing heart, high blood pressure, nausea, and dizziness.

“Although the player, one of the most successful ever to compete in the PDC with 11 major titles, is now comfortable and improving, he is being detained by the hospital team for observation and further treatment. He is currently not fit enough to fly home.”

Furthermore, Wade’s wife, Samantha, thanked the German hospital and its staff for giving her husband a great level of care.

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