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Thomas requires heart surgery to repair leaking valve

Updated: October 10, 2007, 9:30 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards center Etan Thomas will undergo open heart surgery Thursday to repair a leak of the aortic valve, a procedure that requires months of recovery time but might not mean the end of his NBA career.

Thomas missed the start of training camp Oct. 2 after a routine physical revealed an abnormality in his heart.

The Wizards said they wouldn't comment or make the doctor available until the surgery is completed.

Dr. Ammar Bafi, a cardiothoracic ...

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