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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.

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9 Responses to “PANTHERS' OWNER RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER HEART TRANSPLANT”
  1. ninerfan94954 says: Feb 12, 2009 7:28 PM

    As a cardiac patient myself I wish Mr. Richardson nothing but the best of health.

  2. JoePa says: Feb 12, 2009 7:45 PM

    Can they do the same operation for Jake Delhomme?

  3. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Feb 12, 2009 8:42 PM

    ♪ …and Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man, that he didn’t, didn’t already have… ♪

  4. spyboots says: Feb 12, 2009 8:51 PM

    Wishing a full and speedy recovery with no complications.

  5. hawk4life says: Feb 12, 2009 9:23 PM

    Another rich guy gets an organ after a minimal wait while others waste away and die. Something fishy here(and I work with heart transplant patients nearly every day).
    That said. I hope he has a full recovery and long life.

  6. cowboyup says: Feb 12, 2009 9:27 PM

    Good news! Here is to wishing Mr. Richardson a full recovery.

  7. fmfnavydoc says: Feb 12, 2009 10:12 PM

    Awesome news! Best wishes for a speedy recovery for the Big Cat!

  8. longdarkface says: Feb 13, 2009 1:52 AM

    Wow, going home from the hospital after a heart transplant. I love science! May we all live as long as we’d like, and when we don’t… well that’s life.

  9. Pea Tear Griffin says: Feb 13, 2009 11:03 AM

    @hawk4life
    I was thinking the same thing (just like there’s no cure for AID’s unless your rich, right Magic?). He’s 72 years old for crying out loud! Couldn’t this heart have gone to, oh say, a mother in her 30′s….
    Just the same, I’d like to wish him a speedy recover. He is one of the leagues better owners.

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