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Gabbard undergoes surgery to remove heart clot

Zach Gabbard, the Perham junior basketball player who collapsed on the court Jan. 20 during a game in Glyndon, Minn. is back on a ventilator at a Minneapolis hospital.

Gabbard's breathing tube was taken out for the first time on Thursday, according to a post on Thursday on the CaringBridge website, where his parents have been keeping friends and family updated on Gabbard's condition.

But the latest entry, dated 10:06 p.m. Friday, stated that Gabbard went into another heart surgery around 5 p.m. Friday when another clot was found in his heart.

"They were successful in removing the clot and he is now stable and is back in his room," the post stated.

The post stated that doctors don't expect Gabbard to be on the ventilator long because his lungs have improved.

On a lighter side, the post stated, the doctor joked that if she had known how many times Gabbard would be in surgery, "she would have sewn a zipper in his chest at the beginning."

Thursday's post stated that Gabbard is still only able to nod his head to respond to questions, "but with the help of speech therapists we hope that changes soon." With the help of his nurses, Gabbard was able to sit up in a chair on Thursday.

After he collapsed during the basketball game in Glyndon, Gabbard was initially taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. He was later transferred to the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, in Minneapolis.

No cause of the collapse has been determined.