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by George Malik on 04/11/14 at 02:16 PM ET
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reports that Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay is recovering from major surgery:
The 88-year-old Hockey Hall of Famer underwent surgery to replace his aortic valve Wednesday at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. It is the same hospital that his foundation donated $1 million to help children with autism and their families last week.
Known as a tough-as-nails competitor during his 17-seasons in the NHL, Lindsay had known for several weeks that he needed to have the procedure.
The aortic valve separates the heart's left ventricle from the aorta, allowing blood to flow into the aorta from the heart. This blood is usually rich in oxygen and is carried by the aorta to the rest of the body.
Lindsay was walking ICU floor Thursday night and even enjoyed a Popsicle. It’s possible that he will be moved out of the Intensive Care Unit today, and if his recovery continues to go as planned he could be sent home by early next week.
“I cannot begin to tell you how great dad is doing,” his daughter Lynn LaPaugh wrote in an email. “They want him up a couple of times walking today and then resting.”
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