Hall of Famer, Rod Carew, who spent the bulk of his baseball career with the Twins, had successful heart and kidney transplant surgery after suffering a heart attack in September 2015.
The 13-hour procedure was completed on Friday at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to MLB.com. The outlook for his recovery is good and it improves for all heart-transplant patients if they can survive the first year. MLB.com noted:
According to the American Heart Association, patients usually remain in the hospital two to three weeks after the operation and have three to six months of recovery. The overall survival rate is roughly 11 years, but goes up to 13 if a patient makes it past the first year.
Following the heart attack, Carew, 71, had been living with a surgically implanted left ventricular assist device.