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Morris recuperating after heart surgery

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Ricardo Morris

Adrian Frater, News Editor

Western Bureau:

Ricardo Morris, one of the stars of St. James High School's 2008 champion daCosta and Ben Francis KO team, is now recuperating at home after undergoing surgery at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) two weeks ago to correct a chronic heart defect, which had threatened his career.

"The operation went quite well and I feel okay," Morris told The Gleaner on Tuesday. "The doctors have ordered me to rest and recuperate for the next six months."

The 16-year-old Morris, a 10th-grade student at St. James High School, was among six schoolboys who were initially invited to the national senior team after excellent performances in the 2009 schoolboy season.

Medical personnel involved in the national programme discovered his heart condition when he reported for training.

Optimistic future

"When I went to the national team they found out that something was wrong with my heart," said Morris, who still has two seasons of schoolboy football left under his belt. "After discussing the matter with my mother, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) took the decision that I should do the surgery and made the arrangements."

While Morris - whose robust, energetic playing style is often compared to that of former national midfield star the late Winston 'Twinny Bugs' Anglin - is now out of action, he is now looking forward to the future with much optimism.

"I believe the JFF sees something in me and wants to make sure I am okay for the future," said Morris. "I feel fine, but I'm obeying the doctor's orders because I don't want any complications to develop."

Pastor Hugh Solomon, the coach of St James High School team, is quite pleased with the rate at which Morris is recovering and is optimistic that his recovery will be complete.

"I saw him yesterday and he looked quite good," said Solomon. "Based on what I saw of him I have every reason to believe he will make a full recovery."

Morris, who played several Digicel Premier League games for Village United before taking a break from the game to facilitate the surgery, is to report to the UHWI in three months for an evaluation.

"They (the doctors) said I must return for an evaluation in three months," said Morris. "I have been ordered not to lift any weight or exert myself in anyway, so I have not yet returned to school, I am home taking it easy."

Prior to the surgery, national head coach Theodore Whitmore expressed delight in having Morris in the national programme, especially after he transferred his brilliant schoolboy form to the Premier League with Village United.

"He is possibly the best left-sided player in the country at this time and once he stays disciplined and continue to work hard, his future in the game should be very bright," said Whitmore. "Once the surgery is behind him, I am expecting a lot from him."