Tommy John forced to endure 386th surgery

Former major league baseball player Tommy John was forced into his 386th surgery last week in order to remove a malfunctioning gall bladder. John’s string of surgeries began in 1974 when he went under the knife to fix a shoulder ligament replacement procedure that extended his pitching career. Since then, various ailments have required Tommy John surgery nearly 400 times.
 “Tommy is a very ill man,” said Dr. Frank Marcallow, John’s general practitioner. “Tommy John surgery is so common because his body has always been very frail and sickly. He is still healthy enough to conduct daily activities, but he is essentially no more than a walking pile of scar tissue.”


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