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Wichita State’s Marshall says too early to speculate on whether D.J. Bowles will play after heart surgery

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Sep. 13, 2013, at 3:23 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Sep. 20, 2013, at 5:37 p.m.

Surgeons installed an implantable cardioverter defibrillator into Wichita State freshman men’s basketball player D.J. Bowles on Thursday, according to a news release from the university.

An ICD is a device implanted in the chest or abdomen to treat irregular heartbeats, using electrical pulses or shocks. Bowles collapsed during a practice last week. Trainer Todd Fagan used a defibrillator and CPR to revive Bowles, who was then transported by ambulance to Via Christi on St. Francis.

The surgery does not necessarily end his playing career, according to WSU coach Gregg Marshall. He said it is too early to speculate on Bowles’ future.

“There's a lot to be determined,” Marshall said. “Everybody's got to sit down and get all the facts.”

Marshall spoke to Bowles on Thursday after surgery. He expects Bowles to remain at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for a few days before returning to Wichita.

“He was sore and a little bit groggy,” Marshall said. “We’re waiting for him to get better and live a long life.”

Bowles, from Cleveland, Tenn., was released from Via Christi on Sunday. He went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where the surgery was performed.

“This young man has spent his whole life trying to become a basketball player, and he is a really good player,” Marshall said in a news release. “More importantly, he’s a super nice kid from a great family. We’re doing our due diligence to make sure we can best serve him for the rest of his life, not just his career.”

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