Tuesday , Jun , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Minnesota’s Hoiberg undergoes heart surgery

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Minnesota Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg
underwent successful heart surgery Tuesday. Hoiberg had the operation to
correct an enlarged aortic root where the artery meets the heart’s aortic
valve.

Dr. Hartzell Schaff, a cardiac surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,
Minnesota, performed the aortic root aneurysm repair surgery.

“Our thoughts and prayers for a complete recovery go out to Fred and his
family at this time,” Timberwolves president Chris Wright said in a release.
“We are all looking forward to seeing him again at Target Center and will
support him in whatever career decision he makes.”

Hoiberg has been told he will be able to play basketball again, but the Iowa
State product is unsure if that is the best option for him.

“My world has been turned upside down,” Hoiberg told the Minneapolis Star-
Tribune last week. “That’s when priorities get set.”

Hoiberg reportedly found out about the problem during the season. He was
seeking to get more life insurance, but was rejected because of the enlarged
aortic root.

According to Hoiberg, he had taken a significant blow during the season and
his aortic root could have ruptured at that time.

Hoiberg averaged 5.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 76 games last
season for the Timberwolves. In 10 seasons, he has averaged 5.4 points, 1.6
assists and 2.7 rebounds with Minnesota, Chicago and Indiana.

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