Turiaf In Surgery

July 26, 2005

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Former Gonzaga University men's basketball standout Ronny Turiaf entered open heart surgery at 5 a.m. today at Stanford Medical Center, according to Bulldogs assistant coach Tommy Lloyd.

"Ronny was prepped for surgery at about 5 a.m., with the procedure scheduled to begin about 5:30 a.m.," Lloyd said this morning. "Assuming there aren't any complications they expect him to be out of surgery sometime around noon."

Turiaf is undergoing repair of an enlarged aortic root. The 37th pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in last month's NBA Draft, Turiaf was diagnosed with the condition last week while competing for the Lakers' Summer League team.

Lloyd said Turiaf's mother, Aline, is scheduled to arrive in Palo Alto today.

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and assistant coaches Bill Grier and Leon Rice are also in Palo Alto. Lloyd said he expects Few, Grier and Rice to return to the recruiting trail when Turiaf is out of surgery and they have met with the doctor. All of the coaches were with Turiaf prior to him being taken to surgery this morning.

An e-mail account has been established at Gonzaga University to allow fans to send Turiaf their get well wishes. He can be e-mailed at ronny@gonzaga.edu.

Well wishers who would like to send Turiaf a greeting card may do so to the following address:

Gonzaga Men's Basketball
c/o Ronny Turiaf
Gonzaga University
502 E Boone
Spokane, WA 99258

Well wishers are reminded that per NCAA rules no money or gifts may be sent.

 

 

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