Casey Martin Hospitalized Due to Leg Trouble


After a life-threatening scare over the weekend, Buy.Com Tour winner Casey Martin remains hospitalized in Eugene, Ore., after undergoing three operations since Saturday on his already ailing right leg.
Martin's agent, Chris Murray, told the Golf Channel Tuesday night that Martin is not in danger of losing the leg at this time, but he is fighting a battle with a rare bacterial virus that has spread through his leg.
Martin has suffered since birth from circulation problems caused by Klippel-Trenaunay-Webber Syndrome.
After seeing a specialist in Denver, Col., in early December, Martin and his family decided to go ahead with plans to return in January for a procedure that according to Murray was supposed to 'alleviate pain and diminish the disease that was destroying his leg.'
That surgery was performed the weekend of Jan. 4.

After the procedure that weekend, Martin then flew home to Eugene on Jan. 7. Murray said a few days later swelling became obvious.
Saturday, Jan. 12, Martin was admitted to a Eugene hospital where he underwent the first operation to effectively 'carve out' the infection, which doctors admitted was difficult to control.
Martin underwent another procedure Sunday and yet another Tuesday. As of Tuesday night at 6 p.m. ET, Martin was sedated and in a hospital room.
Murray told the Golf Channel he expects Casey to make a recovery, but admits he could remain hospitalized for another week or two before returning home to continue recovery.
Among the many Tour pros and well-wishers who have contacted Martin is PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.
Martin, you may remember, successfully sued the PGA Tour for the right to use a cart in Tour-sanctioned events. He struggled on the Buy.Com Tour in 2000, making just nine cuts in 21 starts. He has conditional Buy.Com Tour status for 2002 based on his Florida victory in 1998.
Murray, President and CEO for Imani Sports, added that Martin was excited about the new season, having worked with Butch Harmon on his game in mid-December. Now it looks as though his season may not begin until sometime this spring.
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