Reporting Dan Wing
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By: Dan Wing
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Doctors at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital say former Phillies’ catcher Darren Daulton is doing well after surgery on Monday.
The fan favorite underwent surgery to remove two brain tumors from the left side of his brain.
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Dr. Kevin Judy performed the surgery, saying the removal of the two gliomas went well and that “Dutch” seemed to be recovering well.
“He looks the same as he did before,” said Dr. Judy. “He’s awake talking with his family.”
Dr. Judy says the surgery took nearly seven hours. Both gliomas had been successfully removed, but it wasn’t easy.
“It’s difficult not from taking the tumor standpoint out, which is what some of the other tumors are. But more from understanding the tumor’s relationship to the surrounding brain. The important components of the brain that you’re near,” said the doctor.
Dr. Judy did say that Daulton was confused, which prevented doctors from using some of the common post-brain surgery tests.
“Like asking him about African animals, and do cows fly and stuff like that. So we had to resort to sports questions. Which he did very well on,” the doctor said.
Dr. Judy says Daulton was awake and alert shortly after surgery. Recovery will take two weeks, but the doctors were hoping to have Dutch home a lot sooner than that.
“We’ll see how he does. My hope is to have him home by the 4th of July,” said Dr. Judy.
Daulton spent 14 years as a member of the Phillies. He announced that he had been diagnosed with brain tumors last week, and released a statement over the weekend thanking fans for their support.