A local musician played with medical problems because he could not afford health insurance

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The Texas singer and the new young gun of the country-blues-soul scene Charley Crockett has just recorded new songs and has a new life.

Crockett was born with music in his blood and a song in his heart. "I really liked singing very early." Crockett said. "My mom and I sang, you know, regularly when I was young, nothing formal or anything, you know, right at home and in the car."

And it's just not a genre that runs through Crockett's musical catalog. "Gulf Coast boogie woogie, music in Texas and Louisiana," said Crockett. "Ah, you know the soul country fashion."

And in the world of music, especially country music, the songs about heartbreak arrive at the top of the charts and Crockett's heart was shattered. But that had nothing to do with love or loss. "I was born with a congenital disorder that I knew, Wolff-Parkinson-White ah," said Crockett.

This causes a fast heartbeat. But he learned to handle it very early. Thus, Crockett has never stalled on his 200-show program. He also did not have the money to consult a doctor or pay health insurance.

Then he started appearing in his shows. "I was learning to catch my breath singing, which I had never done before," Crockett said. "And I did not know why, you do not realize that power outages mean that you need an operation of the heart, you know, certainly I did not know?

But Crockett had another problem, a throbbing hernia. "It really started to bother me and in fact, sometimes, I had so much pain on stage that it caused an arrhythmia," Crockett said. "It would trigger Wolff-Parkinson's disease."

This would eventually save his life when he would have completed his pre-hernia operation papers. "I really mentioned it casually in my medical history when I saw the hernia surgeon," Crockett said.

Now his doctor has not operated on the hernia until he has seen a cardiologist first. So, Crockett got his heart checked reluctantly. "Get a call about 30 minutes after I sit down, saying," Listen, brother, we have to talk, "said Crockett." You have a serious problem that needs attention now . & # 39; "

Dr. Faraz Kerendi, a cardiothoracic surgeon, said Crockett was lucky not to continue playing despite the pain as the rate of symptoms increased.

Dr. Kerendi pointed to Crockett's defective heart valve on his desktop computer. He said that a valve was struggling to do its job and that Crockett's heart chambers were likely to widen. "So, what we are looking at here (the valve) is leaking seriously here backwards," Dr. Kerendi said. "The yellow and red color that goes back up, she goes back to her heart chamber."

He said that all the signals were there. "And if you ignore these signals, you can come to a point where everything is irreparable," said Dr. Kerendi.

For Crockett, everything was a question of money. Money, he did not have any. "It was a lack of assurance, you know, really," said Crockett. "I almost went there, I almost decided to go see another surgeon and not mention it.That could have been fatal for me."

Dr. Kerendi has corrected it and is excited about Crockett's future. "His prognosis is excellent now," said Dr. Kerendi. "We replaced the valve."

He also said that Crockett should have enough energy to organize a show and manage his 200 or so reserved appearances. "I learned that I had to be my own champion for my health and all the moving parts of our system, and no one would care more about me than myself," Crockett said.

Now, as he hears the rhythm of his repaired heart, Crockett signs new songs and writes from the bottom of his heart. "Now that you know my story, I bet you have a similar one, that your curse will become a blessing, because there is nothing else to do," Crockett said, revealing a part of the story. A new song to be released soon.

Crockett is one of the musicians to watch this year and he was invited to play at the Stagecoach Festival this year, just after Coachella.