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BOSTON,MA (news release from Boston Celtics) — The Boston Celtics have announced that forward Chris Wilcox will undergo aortic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic on March 29, and will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season.

A team of leading cardiac specialists who consulted with Wilcox and the Celtics indicated that surgery should completely repair Wilcox’s condition and that he can expect to resume his NBA career next season.

Wilcox has long had an aortic abnormality that remained stable throughout his 10-year NBA career. However, as a precautionary measure, the Celtics medical staff scheduled frequent aortic scans for Wilcox, and a recent scan showed a significant enlargement of his aorta. After several follow-up tests, doctors recommended surgery.

“While we are saddened that Chris will not be able to play again this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Chris’s case,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “The entire Celtics family supports Chris during this difficult time in his career.”

At Chris’s request, neither Chris nor the Celtics will have any additional comment at this time.

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    hello cousin me and your family from whiteville north carolina are all praying for you that the Lord will do a total and complete healing in your body right now. The bible said that he was wounded for our trangressions he was bruised for our iniquity the chastisemnet of our peace was upon him and by his stripes you are already healed. I DECREE AND DECLARE RIGHT NOW THAT THE LORD WILL ALLOW A MIRACLE TO TAKE PLACE IN YOUR BODY KEEP YOUR HEAD UP PRAY AND KNOW THAT WE LOVE YOU BE BLESSED CHRIS WILCOX.


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