Thursday, January 19, 2012

Doctors find more brain tumors on Gary Carter


Gary Carter’s battle against brain cancer took another turn for the worse Thursday, when the former Mets catcher received more bad news in an MRI result.

The test revealed that the amount of tumors had increased and the family will meet with more doctors soon to discuss what comes next.

“Just a few moments ago, my mom received a phone call from [the doctor] at Duke,” Carter’s daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on a family website Thursday. “I wish I could say that the results were good ...”

The MRI exam, taken Friday, showed there “are now several new spots/tumors on my dad's brain,” according to Bloemers. “I write these words with tears because I am so sad for my dad. Dr. Jimmy Harris will be coming to my parent's house [Thursday] evening to talk to the family about the next step.”



Last Sunday, the Hall of Fame catcher made a rare public appearance at his annual golf tournament in Florida and the Palm Beach Post reported that Carter said, "I'm not feeling all that good."

He was not healthy enough to attend the tournament the next day.

Carter has had a number of setbacks since being diagnosed with four brain tumors on May 21 after suffering from severe headaches and forgetfulness. A fall on Christmas Day resulted in a torn rotator cuff and he has had a bout with pneumonia.

Carter will receive the Arthur and Milton Richman "You Gotta Have Heart" Award on Saturday night at the Baseball Writers Association New York chapter's annual dinner. Bloemers is scheduled to accept the honor in her father's place.
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