Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lindros Chest Surgery a Success

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lindros Chest Surgery a Success

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PHILADELPHIA -- Eric Lindros was breathing easier following surgery yesterday to remove a blood clot from his chest cavity.

The Philadelphia Flyers' star center underwent the 90-minute procedure after a setback in his recovery from a collapsed lung. Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania called the procedure a success and said Lindros should make a full recovery.

"He's in some pain right now but he's feeling pretty good," said Larry Kaiser, a chest surgeon who performed the operation. "He's glad it's over and looks forward to being out of here in a few days."

A whirlwind day that began with Lindros being released from a hospital in Nashville, Tenn., turned somber when Kaiser said Thursday night that the prolific scorer and team captain had run a fever in excess of 102 degrees.

Kaiser removed a hardened blood clot that was pressing against the lower lobe of Lindros' right lung, keeping it from fully expanding. The fluid in the lung was not infected.

"We found exactly what we thought we would find," Kaiser said. "We were able to totally remove it and his lung is now completely re-expanded . . . I think he'll find his breathing is significantly better, easier."

The procedure, called video thoroscopy, was minor, and Lindros is expected to be hospitalized four to five days at Penn.

The Flyers, who beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Thursday night as Lindros was readmitted to the hospital, are preparing for a playoff run without him. For now, it's almost impossible to stop thinking about the heart and soul of their team.

"During the sportscast this morning, we were all basically listening to his every word because nobody's talked to him," said goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck, who stopped 16 shots including three brilliant saves in the third period. "He's had a lot of stuff happen to him.

"We were just all taking it in and focusing on this game. It was a big two points for us, and I'm sure he's happy about that. But most of all, we're happy that he's back around here."

The Flyers, who got John LeClair, Mark Recchi and Eric Desjardins back from injuries, moved past the Penguins to take over fifth place in the Eastern Conference with four games left. …

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