By: Erik Schlitt | 1 hour ago
In the preseason, we learned former Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen had been diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare and life-threatening heart disorder that in most cases leads to death.
In an interview with Fox 2 and Voice of the Lions’ Dan Miller, he explained his situation, “Yeah. they tell me it’s (functioning) at 30 percent,” Millen said to Miller. “To understand, it’s kind of like a cancer. The protocol I was on, was for multiple myeloma. So instead of producing cancer cells, it produces rogue protein cells that your body can’t synthesize. They float around until they latch on to something. In my case, it latched on to my heart.”
Around three weeks ago, it was reported by Football Morning in America’s Peter King that Millen was restricted to a New Jersey hospital awaiting a heart transplant.
This morning in King’s latest FMIA column, he reported that after months of waiting, Millen has received a heart donation match and is currently in surgery receiving the transplant.
I called, and Millen said he was scheduled to undergo the transplant at 1 a.m. Monday. The surgery would take, if a normal one, between four and six hours. Quite a Christmas Eve gift for Millen, his wife Pat and their family.
I spoke to Millen late Sunday afternoon, and told him he had a lot of people out in the football world rooting for him.
“Tell ‘em to pray,” he said cheerfully. “I’ll need it.”
Consider yourselves prompted, people. In this season of giving, give your prayers to a man who needs them.
We here at Lions Wire wish Millen well and hope his transplant surgery is successful.
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