Fifteen months after suffering a massive heart attack, Hall of Famer Rod Carew is set to receive a heart transplant in Los Angeles on Thursday. CBS Los Angeles broke the news:
Heart donor has been found for Angels legend Rod Carew. He will undergo transplant today pic.twitter.com/dJE0HQKQQZ— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) December 15, 2016
"We appreciate your thoughts and prayers for Rod and the medical team," Rhonda Carew, Rod's wife, said to the American Heart Association News. "At the same time, our sympathy and appreciation goes to the donor's family."
Carew, who turned 71 in October, has been living with the assistance of a mechanical device that pumps blood because his heart is too weak. He has been hospitalized several times since the heart attack due to subsequent complications, but has generally lived a normal life.
"The Minnesota Twins and millions of baseball fans across the globe continue to be inspired by Rodney Carew," Twins president Dave St. Peter said to the AHAN. "We collectively share our thoughts and prayers with the family of the donor, Rod, Rhonda and the entire Carew family. We are also incredibly grateful for the care and expertise of Rod's medical team. May God bless Rod Carew."
Carew played with the Twins from 1967-78 and the Angels from 1979-85. He retired as a lifetime .328 hitter with 3,053 hits. Career was Rookie of the Year in 1967 and MVP in 1977. He was voted into the Hall of Fame in his first time on the ballot in 1991.