A-League Women: Club debutant Paige Satchell bounces back from heart surgery to help Wellington Phoenix create history

The Wellington Phoenix women will create history on Sunday, when they become the first female professional club side to host an A-League game in New Zealand.

The match against Melbourne City will also be striker Paige Satchell's Phoenix debut, remarkably just four weeks after she had heart surgery. 

Satchell had been managing her heart condition since she was 17 years old. But earlier this year, she realised she could no longer play through it.

"It was almost like a switch," Satchell told Newshub. "It would just start going like 200 beats per minute kind of thing.

It wasn't until a cardiologist recommended buying a smart watch last year that the 24-year-old  Football Ferns striker finally found her answer.

"It was probably a week later in training that it happened, and I was able to catch it on my watch and send the data away to my cardiologist," she recalled. 

"That's when they were able to diagnose me with SVT [Supraventricular tachycardia].

SVT is a rapid heartbeat that develops when the normal electrical impulses of the heart are disrupted.

Satchell eventually decided surgery was her only option.

"They go up through your groin, and they put wires into your heart and they can either burn or freeze the wires that are sending mixed signals," she explained.

The opening match of the Football Ferns' series against South Korea was her first game back.

"It was great to get out on the field, and trust that everything is healthy and I'm good to go again," she said.

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