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Maresh’s surgery successful

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

Prized Minnesota football recruit Sam Maresh underwent open heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic on Thursday. Doctors deemed the procedure, which replaced a valve in Maresh’s heart, a success.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Hartzell Schaff, the physician who operated on former Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg three years ago.

"We want to thank all of the wonderful people who have expressed their best wishes to our family," Bill Maresh, Sam’s father, said in a statement issued by the university. "Our close family has grown even closer during the difficult time. In fact, because of the tremendous outpouring of support, it feels that our family has not only grown closer, but it has grown in number."

Maresh was born with an abnormal aortic valve, which prevents his heart from pumping blood efficiently. The standout middle linebacker from Champlin Park High School didn’t discover the condition until taking a physical that Minnesota requires.

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Maresh is part of a highly touted 2008 recruiting class by coach Tim Brewster. It is unknown whether Maresh will ever be able to play football again.

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