Panthers Owner Richardson, Gets Heart Transplant

A broadcast report says Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has had a heart transplant.

The Associated Press reports the 72-year-old Richardson had the
surgery Sunday at Carolinas Medical Center. Richardson had been
on a heart transplant list since December.

The station says a medical center spokeswoman would not confirm
the transplant and said Richardson's name was not in the hospital
directory. But Panthers communication director Charlie Dayton told
the Charlotte Observer last night that "the process has begun."
He would not elaborate.

The television station did not reveal its sources. It reported Richardson had pulled through the surgery and was doing well. The station showed footage of a black SUV speeding from the airport with "Emergency Transplant Services" on the door.

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