April 2, 1998
CLEMSON, SC–Clemson Sports Information Director Emeritas Bob Bradley was moved out of the ICU of Greenville Memorial Hospital on Thursday and is resting confortably. Bradley, who has worked in the publicity office of the Clemson athletic department since 1955, had quadruple by-pass heart surgery on Wednesday.
Bradley suffered a heart attack on March 10 and had been in the hospital since that date. The surgery had been delayed due to a low grade fever.
“This was one of the most unusual surgeries I have ever had,” said Dr. Barry Davis, who performed the operation. “I opened him up for the surgery and his blood was orange!
“Seriously, Bob is doing very well and making great progress. He should be out of the hospital in about four more days and will then begin rehabilitation at his home in Clemson.”
Bradley, who has covered Clemson baseball for the last 44 seasons and threw out the first pitch on opening day, missed monitoring the Clemson vs. South Carolina baseball game on Wednesday evening. He called the sports information office Thursday morning to get a complete rundown of the Tigers 6-4 victory.
“I feel good,” said Bradley on Thursday. “They say I might be a little more sore tomorrow than today, but overall everything is fine.
“I knew I had a good surgeon because Dr. Davis is a 1982 graduate of Clemson. That means he was a senior in 1981 when we were 12-0 (in football) and won the National Championship.
“I want to thank everyone for their cards and letters. It has really meant a lot. I have heard from every school in the ACC, South Carolina, Georgia and many others. I am anxious to get home.”
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