Gray expected to recover, leave hospital next week

April 08, 1994|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer

After an extensive examination yesterday, Clemson forward Devin Gray of Baltimore, who was stricken by an apparent heart attack Monday, was told "his prospects for returning to a normal life are excellent," according to school officials.

Whether Gray, 21, a former St. Frances High star who was expected to lead the Tigers under new coach Rick Barnes next season, will be allowed to continue his basketball career will be determined by a second heart catheterization in June.

But Gray was in high spirits after the catheterization performed by Dr. Larry Freeman at Greenville (S.C.) Memorial Hospital, officials said. If he continues to show progress, he could be released from the hospital next week.

Gray, a 6-foot-7 junior, will leave school for the remainder of the semester and continue to undergo treatment by cardiology specialists at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

"In general, the results of the catheterization were optimistic," said Clemson team doctor Stuart Clarkson. "The coronary arteries were open, and there was no indication of congenital heart problems nor coronary vessel disease."

Clarkson, however, said the tests did show an area of irregularity along the wall of the right coronary artery "indicating the partial formation of a thrombus [clot].

"There was more abnormality in the motion of the heart, which is consistent with someone who has had a heart attack."

Sonogram and pressure tests were normal, leading to Freeman's optimistic prognosis.

Gray, who averaged 14.4 points and 6.0 rebounds last season while shooting an Atlantic Coast Conference-best .572 from the field, experienced chest pains early Monday evening after participating in three hours of pickup basketball on campus.

As his condition worsened, he was taken to Greenville Memorial. His mother, Patricia, has been at his bedside.

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