Australian gold medallist Mack Horton finally got a suspected cancerous mole removed from his chest and thanked an anonymous fan for spotting it.
Horton became the first Australian swimmer to win the 400m freestyle this summer in the Rio Olympics, but if it wasn't for a fan, his celebrations could have been cut short.
Pictured with the gold medal in hand, the swimmer received several congratulatory messages across the globe, but one fan located something irregular with the photos of the athlete.
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The fan quickly got in touch with the swim team of the Australian national side, making them aware of a mole on Horton’s chest and suggested him to get it checked by a professional.
The 20-year-old underwent surgery in Melbourne on Friday to remove the mole, and during the aftermath of it, he posted a photo on Instagram, captioned: “Shout out to the person that emailed the swim team doctor and told me to get my mole checked out. Good call. Very good call.”
From the time he competed at the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials in 2012, to the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, pictures reveal that the mole had become darker and was much larger than it initially was.
Although no major details have been revealed, experts believe it could be Melanomas, that is the most deadly form of skin cancer and can easily spread to other parts of the body.
Horton remains indebted to the observer of the mole, who rightly noticed it, otherwise it could have resulted in some major health issues for the talented swimmer in the months ahead.
Horton will be back in action soon after discussions with doctors and specialists in the days to come, and only after a full recovery does he plan on further representing his country and winning many more accolades.