PORTSMOUTH — With Ryan Westmoreland at home recovering from a second surgery to correct a cavernous malformation in his brain stem, his family has issued a statement describing his progress and expressing appreciation to his doctors, the Boston Red Sox and well-wishers. (Last week, the Times mistakenly printed an earlier family statement about the former PHS baseball star who was drafted by the Red Sox in 2008.)
The Westmoreland’s statement reads …
“Ryan is at home, and continuing to work hard in outpatient therapies in Boston. There are no timetables at this point, and our focus is to work towards getting him back to the normal quality of life that he had worked so hard to achieve over the previous two plus years. Having been through this once, we all realize it will be a long and challenging road for Ryan, but with his determination, strength and courage, along with the support of his family, friends and the Boston Red Sox, we are confident he will win this battle.
“Although it is difficult to understand why this happened again, we feel fortunate to have had access to the medical professionals both in the Red Sox organization, at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and at St Josephs Hospital and Barrows Neurological Institute in Phoenix. This complication and surgery was almost identical to the first and its re-occurrence was very surprising to everyone involved. Knowing the horrifying risks associated with the surgery, we are extremely grateful to them for their
professionalism and expertise.
“Once again, there has been an incredible show of support from people in Red Sox Nation, throughout Rhode Island and across the country, both inside and outside of
the baseball communities, and for that words cannot express our gratitude. We ask for continued privacy as he moves forward, and when he is ready to speak on his status or plans, I know he will do so with the inspiration, integrity and class that has defined him throughout this ordeal.”