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Archive for Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Freshman quarterback Meier cleared to play next Monday

Pittsburg native suffered from electrical cardiovascular ailment

September 7, 2005

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Touted freshman quarterback Kerry Meier has been cleared to play football beginning Monday after undergoing a procedure to combat Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a electrical cardiovascular ailment.

Meier, who attended KU's practice on Wednesday, will work out without restriction beginning Monday. He underwent a non-surgical procedure on Friday, the day before the Florida Atlantic game.

"It was an awful tense day here on Friday," Mangino said. "We were playing our first game, and we were all concerned about Kerry and the outcome. The doctors were very confident. He was worked on by an excellent staff."

Meier's WPW Syndrome was caught in an advanced cardiac screening done on all incoming players prior to the season. The decision to take such measures started just more than a year ago by Mangino and head physician Dr. Larry Magee.

The Meier family issued a statement through KU on Wednesday, saying "... we are very grateful for the positive outcome. As we have learned, both the physical and the mental heart of an athlete is God's most precious gift."

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