On January 9, 2012, Jeff Green literally entrusted his heart to Lars Svensson, a renowned surgeon in the field of cardiac operations. At stake, quite simply the life of the player, who is indeed suffering from an aortic aneurysm, a dilation of part of the aorta, to put it simply.
Boston player at the time, « Uncle Jeff » learned the news during a simple health « checkup » with the medical staff and doctors of the Celtics. A routine check that will ultimately be his salvation.
An operation later, during which his heart was completely stopped for almost an hour, the winger is cured, but changed, both physically and psychologically.
A scar as a reminder
22 centimeters long and stretching from the bottom of his neck to the top of his abdomen, this scar is for Jeff Green a daily reminder that life is precious, and that he almost lost it.
» I see the scar everyday He told the Denver Post. » Some GMs, some teams had told me that I would not spend the five years after the operation. To be here, ten years later, is a chance. I’m grateful… and glad they told me that back then. «
It is also the same operation undergone by Ronny Turiaf in 2005, who had just concluded his university career at Gonzaga and started in the NBA in the uniform of the Lakers. The Frenchman did not hesitate to lend his support to Jeff Green, and the two men had built a strong friendship.
Endure to inspire
While most of his teammates, former or current, do not even know the player had the operation because they were too young in 2012, Jeff Green relishes, ten years later. In his own way, he is a source of inspiration, a model of perseverance for others.
» It is the proof of my work, of my efforts. They see me playing, they don’t know what I’ve been through. In this work (professional basketball player, editor’s note), a lot of people see us as role models, as sources of inspiration. He said of his motivation to stay in the league.
» So it’s my job to be ready every day, on match days and off days, to work hard. It’s my job to make sure I’m in good shape, to be ready to play, because there may very well be someone in the stands looking at me, and who’s been through what I’ve been through. «
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