Turiaf Out Of Surgery

July 26, 2005

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Former Gonzaga University men's basketball player Ronny Turiaf underwent successful open heart surgery Tuesday at Stanford Medical Center to repair a dialated aorta.

Turiaf was in surgery for approximately six hours and was reported resting comfortably by Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd when contacted about 3 p.m. today.

"It went great," Lloyd said of the post-operative report. "They only had to repair a dilated aorta. That's great news."

Lloyd said Turiaf is in intensive care and hospital officials predicted he would probably be asleep for the next eight hours.

"They think he'll be out of the hospital in about a week, and the doctor said he could probably begin some form of cardio exercise at that time. Obviously, he won't be doing any heavy upper body lifting for awhile. He's looking forward to returning to Spokane to begin the rehabilitation process," Lloyd said.

Lloyd said the doctor indicated the next three months are critical in the rehabilitation process.

"At that time his overall progress will be re-evaluated," Lloyd said.

Turiaf, the 2005 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, was the 37th pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in last month's NBA Draft. His heart condition was diagnosed last week while participating on the Lakers' Summer League team.

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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