"Pernille Blume is back in the pool again."
"In an interview with Danish TV2 tells Sarah sjöström's rival on the fear of blodproppen and the hole in the heart would cost her everything."
"– One cannot fail to ask themselves: should I die? she says."
"Standing next to each other on the startpallarna, they are bitter competitors. But there are events in the simvärlden that go beyond the hundredths and medals. "
"In the space of a day told two of the world's top swimmers, both rivals to Sarah Sjöström, if the illness affecting them. Japanese Rikako Ikee has leukemia, the Danish Pernille Blume has had surgery for a blood clot and a hole in the heart."
"Fristilsspecialisten Blume, who took OLYMPIC gold in the 50 free in 2016, sent out a press release in February, where she described her ailment. Since then she has not given any major interview until now. For Danish TV2 describes the 24-year-old is the rising uncertainty of the body's most important muscle did not behave as before. "
"Would she be able to swim again? Would she die?"
" I was a bit afraid that they would check and operate the heart. I was afraid for rehabilitation and to begin to swim again. Would my body be the same again? This will end my career? says Blume."
"Continue to be uncertain in the future"
"A first projection, said hjärtfelet was chronic, but the surgery in december was successful, and now see Blume no clear obstacles to return to the elite, where she has been resident for the last five years."
""I have very, very difficult to say how ready I can be and how it should go in my comeback, because there are still so many unknown factors," says Pernille Blume to TV2."