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X Factor's Nicholas McDonald Reveals Rare Heart Condition: 'I Could Die Tomorrow'

10/29/2013 04:03 pm 16:03:42

'X Factor' contestant Nicholas McDonald has revealed his struggle with a rare heart condition.

The 16-year-old singer opened up about his health problems in an interview with the Daily Star, where he admitted that if he doesn't take his daily medication, he could 'die tomorrow'.

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Nichloas McDonald

Nicholas was diagnosed with the condition after suffering a heart attack aged eight whilst playing football, and was saved by his coach who knocked out his front teeth to clear his airway.

"I was playing football and all I remember was passing the ball and collapsing. I was later told that I’d had a cardiac arrest and died," he told the paper.

"After about a year I thought ‘I don’t want to spend my life being too scared to do anything’.

"It’s weird to think my heart could stop and I could just die tomorrow but that’s why I live every day as much as I can and enjoy myself," he added.

While vowing to enjoy his life, Nicholas hasn't been taking advantage of the new-found female attention since appearing on the show.

He has dismissed rumours that he is in a relationship, tweeting: "Everyone is asking me if a have a girlfriend and the answer is no!!!"

Nicholas is too busy throwing himself into 'The X Factor', where it has been reported he has been topping the weekly vote in figures supposedly leaked to the Daily Star.

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