December 18, 2016

Rod Carew, who hit .388 for Twins in ’77, has successful heart and kidney surgery

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.

 

 

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone and I love the Twins.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.