[UPDATE] Erik Compton's Story of Survival

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

[UPDATE] April 27, 2011 7:20 PM

31-year-old Professional Golfer Erik Compton knows second chances don't come often--and 3rd chances are near impossible.

He's been playing golf since he was seven. But the biggest obstacle he's had to overcome is the one off the green.

At age 12 Compton had his first heart transplant and three years ago he had to undergo another one after suffering a heart attack.

"Obviously to be out here is amazing. I never thought that I'd be back playing at this level ever again," says Compton.

And the former Georgia Bulldog is making the most of it, he's participated in three nationwide tours finishing in the top five twice and making his way to tenth on the money list.

"It wouldn't be possible if it weren't for the donors I had to donate their life... and give me a chance to continue chasing my dreams," says the golfer.

And while Compton is getting another chance to fulfill them, he's also getting a chance to see his two-year-old grow up and share his story of how he never gave up.

"I think it gives hope to a lot of people, it gives hope that you can continue living your normal life if you see it in your mind," says Compton.

He says there are a lot of people who go through heart surgery and says the biggest thing is knowing that life does go on and you can achieve those dreams.
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Valdosta, Georgia - April 27, 2011

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