PANTHERS' OWNER RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER HEART TRANSPLANT

Carolina Panthers team owner Jerry Richardson was released from the hospital today nearly two weeks after undergoing a heart transplant and is doing “very well” according to team officials, Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com reports.
Per the article, the 72-year-old owner will need three to six months to recover and will be monitored by doctors.
Dr. Ted Frank, who has the lengthy title of Cardiologist and Medical Director of Heart Transplantation at Carolinas Medical Center, said most heart transplant patients will require a biopsy on a frequent basis after a heart transplant.
Added Dr. Mark Stiegel, one of the surgeons that operated on Richardson:  “It’s not something that once they are over a certain period that [we don’t worry].  The process continues to happen.  We follow these people as long as they are here, making sure they are staying healthy and keeping in touch with them regularly.  It’s an arduous process over the lifetime of a patient.”
A former Baltimore Colts wide receiver who caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Johnny Unitas in the 1959 NFL championship game, Richardson is one of the most respected and influential owners in the league.