On Thursday, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem-Abdul Jabbar celebrated his 68th birthday.
However, Abdul-Jabbar was also admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery. The NBA’s all-time leading scorer is expected to make a full recovery according to Dr. Richard Shemin.
Here is the press release regarding Kareem Abdul-Jabbar undergoing coronary bypass surgery via UCLA Health System:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center this week with cardiovascular disease, and he underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery on April 16. The operation was performed by Dr. Richard Shemin, UCLA’s chief of cardiac surgery.
Shemin said the surgery was successful and he expects Abdul-Jabbar to make a full recovery.
At this time, Abdul-Jabbar would like to thank his surgical team and the medical staff at UCLA, his alma mater, for the excellent care he has received. He is looking forward to getting back to his normal activities soon.
He asks that you keep him in your thoughts and, most importantly, cherish and live each day to its fullest.
For those wanting to send well wishes, he thanks you in advance and asks that you support those in your own community who may be suffering from various health issues.