BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER ROD CAREW ‘DOING GREAT’ WITH NEW HEART, KIDNEY

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LOS ANGELES – In baseball terms, Hall of Famer Rod Carew has rounded third and is heading for home in his recovery from a heart and kidney transplant.

Carew said his doctors are thrilled with his progress. He recently passed the 1-month milestone without any signs of rejection and is regaining the strength sapped by the grueling operation. He's spent the last week in a rehabilitation center and expects to be released as soon as this weekend.

“I’m doing great,” Carew told American Heart Association News in his first interview since the Dec. 16 operation. “I just want to get the news out to people that they need to get their hearts checked. So many people hear that but don’t pay attention. I want them to really listen to what I’m saying.”

Carew emphasized his gratitude to the family of his organ donor. Both organs came from a young man whose selfless decision helped save several lives, Carew said, who is eager to personally thank the family.

“He’s my blood brother,” Carew said. “I appreciate everything that he and his family have done for me and others.” Continue reading


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