Turiaf Released From Hospital

Aug. 2, 2005

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Former Gonzaga University men's basketball standout Ronny Turiaf was released from Stanford Medical Center on Tuesday, one week after undergoing open heart surgery to repair an enlarged aortic root.

"I am excited to return home to Spokane to continue my rehabilitation," Turiaf said. "I ask that you please respect my privacy at this time while I get settled in my new situation. As soon as I return to Spokane, get settled and have my rehabilitation program outlined I will meet with the media to update you to the best of my ability as to what is ahead for me."

Turiaf was the 37th pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in the June NBA Draft. He was playing with the Lakers Summer League team when his heart ailment was diagnosed. He underwent surgery July 26.

An e-mail address to send Ronny get-well messages has been established at ronny@gonzaga.edu.



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