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blumj
03-13-2010, 09:23 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/news/story?id=4992990




Boston Red Sox minor leaguer Ryan Westmoreland has been diagnosed with a cavernous malformation in his brain, the team announced Saturday.


The 19-year-old outfielder has taken medical leave from camp and will undergo surgery to remove the malformation Tuesday at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Ariz.

reds1869
03-13-2010, 10:14 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/news/story?id=4992990

Wow. Best wishes to him, he is a tremendous player. Scary stuff that hits really close to home for me.

RedEye
03-13-2010, 11:08 PM
Wow. That sounds scary. What is a "cavernous malformation" and how is it treated exactly? Best wishes, obviously, to Westmoreland and his family.

BCubb2003
03-14-2010, 12:03 AM
Wow. That sounds scary. What is a "cavernous malformation" and how is it treated exactly? Best wishes, obviously, to Westmoreland and his family.

From what I've been able to find, it's a group of blood vessels on the brain that looks like a raspberry. Some people have it and never know it. In others, it might lead to strokes or seizures. It depends on where it is in the brain. Mild cases are just watched. More serious cases require surgery. An MRI usually finds it if it doesn't show up first as headaches, blurred vision and numbness. But I am not a doctor.

blumj
03-14-2010, 12:08 AM
Wow. That sounds scary. What is a "cavernous malformation" and how is it treated exactly? Best wishes, obviously, to Westmoreland and his family.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/cavernous-malformations/


Cavernous malformations are vascular malformations in the brain or spinal cord. Also known as brain cavernas hemangiomas or cavernomas, cavernous malformations are groups of abnormally tiny and larger, thin-walled blood vessels filled with blood that may slowly seep into surrounding tissue. The leakage of blood from the cavernoma may be more significant and cause what is called a hemorrhage.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/cavernous-malformations/treatment.html


The main treatment options for cavernous malformations are observation and surgery.


If a patient is not experiencing symptoms from the malformation, then an MRI should be performed every one to two years to monitor the condition's status. However, if a patient is experiencing symptoms from a malformation which is surgically accessible, then surgery often will be recommended.

blumj
03-14-2010, 12:25 AM
Actually, it looks like the original link's been updated with a more complete explanation.

RedsManRick
03-14-2010, 11:20 AM
Yikes -- best of luck for him. I wonder if this is something that would have likely been caught no matter what or if it was only the rigorous physical testing that comes with being a professional athlete that allowed them to find it?

blumj
03-14-2010, 12:46 PM
Yikes -- best of luck for him. I wonder if this is something that would have likely been caught no matter what or if it was only the rigorous physical testing that comes with being a professional athlete that allowed them to find it?

According to the ESPN article, he was having headaches and numbness and other neurological symptoms.

blumj
03-16-2010, 06:48 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/mlb/news/story?id=5001399


Boston Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland underwent brain surgery Tuesday and the initial reports are that it "went well," according to a source in the organization.

A complete prognosis will not be known for a few days, the source said, but the club was hopeful that there will be a satisfactory outcome for the 19-year-old native of Portsmouth, R.I.

SirFelixCat
03-16-2010, 09:30 PM
That's good to hear! :thumbup:

So I wonder if the prognosis is good for baseball related things (ie. can resume his career) or is it more of a, 'if the prognosis is good, he can still have a somewhat normal life' kinda thing?

blumj
03-16-2010, 11:50 PM
That's good to hear! :thumbup:

So I wonder if the prognosis is good for baseball related things (ie. can resume his career) or is it more of a, 'if the prognosis is good, he can still have a somewhat normal life' kinda thing?

I would trust Gordon Edes to make that clear as he gets more information, he's been doing a pretty thorough job with this story so far, considering the circumstances.

Topcat
03-17-2010, 04:09 AM
God Best wishes to the Kid and his family. Real talented player and as with life I hope he flourishes after surgery and his talent is not taken from him at such a young age.

blumj
03-19-2010, 10:41 PM
http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/217851/encouraging-report-westmoreland



The Red Sox received an encouraging report on the condition of Ryan Westmoreland, who underwent surgery Tuesday on a cavernoius malformation in the 19-year-old prospect's brain. The team released a statement on the matter:

According to Dr. Robert Spetzler, Westmoreland's neurosurgeon and the director of Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Ryan Has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit and into the hospital's Neuro Rehabilitation Unit, where he will undergo physical and occupational therapy.

"Ryan is right on track and we expect progressive improvement," said Dr. Spetzler.

blumj
04-05-2010, 10:10 AM
No news, but Westmoreland was at Fenway last night. Good to see that he's at least doing well enough to be out.

blumj
06-23-2010, 12:46 PM
http://www.projo.com/redsox/content/projo-20100623-ryan-westmoreland-update.cae7e935.html



“All of a sudden, he was throwing, and he just threw a bomb over Charlene, all the way over the fence, into the woods,” Dugan said.

At moments like that, Ryan Westmoreland believes that his dream of playing in the major leagues really will come true.



Westmoreland’s motor skills, coordination, speech and vision are far better than they were in the weeks following his March 16 surgery, when doctors removed a raspberry-sized pack of blood vessels known as a cavernous malformation from his brain stem.

But it could be two full years before doctors know whether Westmoreland will regain 90-percent functionality, 95 percent, 98 percent, or –– his family hopes –– 100 percent. Most do not.

That goal is what keeps Westmoreland going. His immediate aim is to be ready for the start of Instructional League in September.

“I don’t necessarily want to play, I just want to go, work out, hang out with those guys,” he said.




To do it, he must test the limits of what doctors believe possible. Yet through every grueling day of rehab, with its minute setbacks and incremental triumphs, Westmoreland presses forward, certain that his goal is attainable.

“I’m going to get there again,” he said, leaning over the railing to stare down on the field below.

“I can’t say when, but the sooner the better, and that’s the ultimate goal, to get back on the field. Step one, I woke up alive. Now we’re moving forward, and the goal?” He pointed down at Fenway’s famous grass. “It’s right down there.”

SirFelixCat
06-23-2010, 01:24 PM
:thumbup:

Definitely pulling for the kid. I greatly appreciate the periodic updates, blumj!

Joseph
06-23-2010, 01:31 PM
I hope to see him in Fenway someday. Good luck kid.

blumj
07-16-2010, 04:35 AM
http://www.soxprospects.com/images/westmoreland.wmv

camisadelgolf
10-01-2010, 04:16 PM
http://twitter.com/RWesty25/status/26085653902

redsfandan
10-01-2010, 06:59 PM
Nice to hear. Hopefully he'll be back to 'normal' next year.

klw
12-08-2010, 08:48 AM
Another very postive update.
http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2010/12/07/agent-westmoreland-continues-amazing-progress/


According to Alan Nero, the agent who represents Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland, the 20-year-old continues to make “amazing” strides in his return from March surgery to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain

Joseph
12-08-2010, 12:24 PM
Go Ryan go!

blumj
02-11-2011, 05:04 PM
Ryan's doing some baseball activities with the other players in Fort Myers, and was interviewed by a Rhode Island tv station yesterday.

http://www2.turnto10.com/sports/2011/feb/10/interview-ryan-westmoreland-82911-vi-25007/

Tried to add this picture, and couldn't get it to work for some reason.

http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2011/02/08/9-hittersgroups__1297218065_4115.jpg


http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2011/02/08/9-

oneupper
02-11-2011, 05:43 PM
It's great that this kid is getting his life back together.

That said, CNS injuries and tumors are really tough to recover from 100%. Baseball with its millimetric precision movement requirements, is a tough sport to recover back to.

I'd be really surprised if this kid ever plays professionally. Not saying it can't happen, but its a long shot.

blumj
04-12-2011, 06:00 PM
There's a feature on Ryan on tonight's E:60, looks like 7:00 PM on ESPN, 11:00 on ESPN 2, if anyone's interested.