Mirotic still on the mend from appendectomy complications

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Looking much thinner, Nikola Mirotic addressed reporters Wednesday for the first time since needing two surgeries for an appendectomy and hematoma removal.

The second surgery was required after complications from the first; Mirotic said the doctor told him was the first time that had happened in his 30 years of practice.

“It was maybe bad luck. It was no one’s mistake. It just could happen. I’m trying to forget that and focus on my recovery,” Mirotic said. “When I went home, I went with pain. They told me after the first surgery, ‘Don’t worry, next day you can go home.’ But I was not feeling good. So I stayed one more night. After two days, I went home and I had all night a high fever. I was still in pain.

“The next morning, they make me come back and they find some hematoma inside my stomach and told me they need to do a second surgery. I stayed almost a week there. I lost 17, 18 pounds. Now I’m trying to get that weight back. I recovered some pounds. But it’s still early. Now, finally I can walk and do some stuff in the pool and weight room. I don’t know how many days, weeks (until I play). But as soon as I can; that’s what I want and what the team wants.”

“There was not too much time to explain. I was really in pain with a high fever. They made me go straight to the surgery room,” Mirotic said. “But when I awakened, they explained what happened to me. I was a little bit confused and scared about the situation. I was excited about road trip and going West. But life is like this. You never know.”