Wootten shows improvement after setback Local Sports

August 02, 1996|By Doug Brown

DeMatha High basketball coach Morgan Wootten, who received a liver transplant July 10, was upgraded to good condition yesterday after a mild rejection of the transplant last weekend.

Wootten may be released from Johns Hopkins Hospital late next week. A hospital spokesman said Wootten now will begin physical therapy, including walking, to regain his strength.

Wootten, 65, was listed in good condition last week before the setback and is "making steady progress," according to the spokesman.

Wootten had a diseased liver for years, believed to stem from an inherited condition.

In 40 years at DeMatha, Wootten has a 1,094-163 record and in 1993 became the fifth high school coach in the country to win 1,000 games.

Wootten collapsed July 7 at his basketball camp at Mount St. Mary's, but internal bleeding that developed made him "a high-priority candidate" for a transplant.

Pub Date: 8/02/96

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