Marquette Coach Trey Schwab Released From Hospital
Schwab released from hospital Associated Press March 22, 2004 Madison - Twelve days into his recovery from a double-lung transplant, Marquette assistant basketball coach Trey Schwab went into cardiac arrest and was essentially dead for 40 minutes after a massive clot developed in his lungs. On Monday, three weeks after doctors kept his pulse going through CPR before removing the clot during an emergency operation, Schwab got the green light to leave the hospital. "Obviously there's something bigger than all of us at work here," Schwab said Monday as he spoke with reporters at University of Wisconsin Hospital for the first time since both surgeries. "It's a shot at a second chance, and you just try to make the most of it." Schwab, 39, was diagnosed in late 2001 with the rare, incurable disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which attacks the air sacks in the lungs and hinders the body's ability to process oxygen. The cause of the disease is not known. The image of Schwab on the Marquette sidelines with an oxygen tank and tubes in his nose became familiar with Golden Eagle fans, as did his desperate two-year wait for a donor. Dr. Robert Love, chairman of the lung transplant program at UW Hospital, marveled at Schwab's survival. Schwab had no brain damage, despite going 40 minutes without much oxygen because of the clot. "We can all explain the physiology and chemistry of what went on, but I really can't explain something supernatural like this completely," said Love, who performed the transplant. "Despite all the expertise we have, the fact that he's walking out of here today is, I believe, due to the fact that the Lord honors the gift that the donor family gave, the gift of life that Trey was able to receive." Trey underwent the transplant Feb. 17 after a male donor from the region was found. Love said the man's family also donated his heart, kidney and liver, helping four people besides Schwab. But on March 1, Schwab had shortness of breath and went into cardiac arrest. Doctors located and removed a large U-shaped clot, which had moved from his leg and was draped between his right and left pulmonary arteries, allowing only a trickle of blood to get to his lungs. Schwab still has a clot in his right leg, which was elevated during the news conference. Love said the clot makes it difficult and painful for him to walk, but with help from blood thinners, it should go away within three to six months. Wearing a blue Marquette sweat shirt and gray sweat pants, Schwab had a mask over his mouth and nose to protect him from germs. But he removed it to answer questions with a voice gone hoarse from time spent on a ventilator. He praised UW Hospital staff for the quality of care they provided; in turn, Love presented him with a red cap emblazoned with Bucky Badger, the mascot of Marquette's instate rival. "Don't let Coach Crean see that," Love joked. Marquette head coach Tom Crean and Marquette face Boise State on Tuesday in the NIT. "All I know is we're playing Boise tomorrow; it's not like I've been breaking down any game film or anything," Schwab said. "I'm just happy to see them play and looking forward to every day I can get back and be there full time again."
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