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Son Of MLB Hall Of Famer Tony Gwynn Sr. Supports His Father After Surgery
February 23, 2012
Photo Courtesty of BleacherReport
Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers Tony Gwynn, Jr. can now rest easy after his famous father underwent a successful surgery to remove a tumor from inside his mouth. The elder Tony Gwynn, a living baseball legend and one of the greatest hitters in the game, has been plagued with cancer of the salivary gland since 2010 that, he says, formed as a result of his dipping tobacco habit.
Gwynn, Sr. endured a grueling 14-hour procedure to remove the tumor, his second such surgery in the same area in 18 months. MLB.com reports that doctors needed to graft a nerve from the shoulder of the former San Diego Padre and replace a nerve that had grown inside the removed tumor. However, Gwynn, Jr. says his dad appears to be back to normal already.
“The doctors did an unbelievable job," said the Gwynn, Jr. "When he came out of the surgery, he said, 'All right, I made it.' Last time he had surgery, he couldn't talk.”
Gwynn’s son kept the faith during the whole ordeal, thankful that his dad can soon return to his baseball coaching duties at his alma mater, San Diego University. “The second time, you feel the odds are more against you, from the son's perspective," said Gwynn Jr. "God works in mysterious ways.”
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