Paper: Ted Williams To Have Surgery
Jan. 14, 2001
BOSTON (AP) _ Hall of Fame slugger Ted Williams is back in the hospital and will have open-heart surgery Monday, the Boston Globe reported.
``He had a little bit of a situation the other day,'' Williams' son, John Henry Williams, told the newspaper for Sunday's editions. ``The doctors think this is the way to go, and Dad's OK with it. He said, 'If that's the right thing to do, let's do it.'''
The 82-year-old Red Sox great had a pacemaker implanted Nov. 6 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla.
He has been experiencing shortness of breath, however, and Shands doctors, after consultation with colleagues around the country, recommended Monday's procedure, the Globe reported.
``It's high-risk surgery because of his age,'' Williams' Florida cardiologist, Rick Kerensky, said. ``It's certainly a surgery with significant risk, but we are hopeful it's going to be successful and we'll see improvement in his condition.''
Williams, who suffered two strokes in the 1990s, was moved from Citrus Memorial in Inverness, Fla., to Shands on Thursday. The surgery is scheduled for a hospital in the Northeast that the family would not identify.
``This is a mechanical problem with a valve, and it needs surgical treatment,'' Kerensky said. ``We measured the reward-risk benefit ratio and agreed this is the way to go.''
Williams lives in Florida and his last public appearance in Boston was when he threw out the first ball at the 1999 All-Star game at Fenway Park.
He was the last major leaguer to bat .400, hitting .406 in 1941.