Ex-NBA veteran Scot Pollard receives heart transplant: ‘Perfect fit!’


NBA veteran Scot Pollard, with an eleven-year career, recently underwent a heart transplant as shared by his wife on social media last Friday. The 49-year-old, who played for five teams, needed the transplant due to a genetic condition likely triggered by a virus in 2021, causing his heart to beat an extra 10,000 times daily. This condition was inherited from his late father, who had the same ailment. Dawn Pollard expressed gratitude for the successful surgery and requested continued prayers for Scot, the surgeons, and the donor’s family.

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In a subsequent update, Dawn confirmed the surgery’s success, revealing that Scot now has a new, powerful heart. She extended thanks for the ongoing support and emphasized gratitude to the donor. Earlier in the month, Pollard had been admitted to a Tennessee hospital’s intensive care unit while awaiting a donor. Pollard’s height, a factor that contributed to his professional success, posed a challenge in finding a suitable donor. Despite health concerns, Pollard, a first-round pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, is renowned for his time with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics. Notably, he was part of the 2007-2008 Celtics team that won an NBA championship, albeit limited to 22 games due to season-ending ankle surgery.

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