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Vol, UGA boosters save Shane: mom

Thanks to a University of Tennessee athletic booster’s gift, and a University of Georgia athletic booster’s medical/surgical skill, Shane Reveiz won’t be victimized by a mysterious heart growth.

Reveiz, an 18-year-old freshman non-scholarship linebacker at The University of Tennessee and former Farragut High School football standout, is expected to make a full recovery following heart surgery to remove a marble-sized tumor.

“Gener-ally speaking he is doing well,” said Gail Reveiz, Shane’s mother, two days after the Wednesday, Jan. 9 surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.

Saying the tumor was immediately deemed “benign,” Gail emphasized her son “absolutely” would make a full recovery and could be back to near 100 percent within “three to four weeks.

“He can start running … and doing cardio exercises as soon as he feels like it,” she added. “He’s going to be out there for spring ball.”

An echocardiogram machine donated to UT athletics last year by Vol booster Mickie King “definitely saved [Shane’s] life,” Gail said. The examination also spotted a heart defect in Vol men’s basketball player Duke Crews and has been used by approximately 500 UT athletics. “And how blessed, and how God works that this was Shane’s first year at U-T, and they did this [echocardiogram] his first year.

“Who’s to say a year from now if Shane would have even been here,” Gail added. “We would have never known. We’re very grateful to Mister King.”

Gail added that, in honor of Shane, “Mickie’s going to do this for the Farragut football team.”

Gail said doctors advised the family that if the growth had not been spotted, “Shane’s would have grown and eventually broken off, and they’ve all used the term ‘catastrophic.’”

Gail termed the surgical procedure “robotic surgery,” a less invasive operation requiring only “small incisions,” and credits the skill, expertise and reassuring manor of heart surgeon Dr. Douglas Murphy.

“In the long run [recovery] is going to be so much faster,” Gail said. “Had we gone through the sternum, it was a four-month recovery. This is why we opted for this.”

Otherwise, “Football would have been out of the question for a year,” she added. “That’s amazing to us.”

But during the holiday season, as an 18-year-old UT athlete faced the prospect of heart surgery, “We couldn’t believe it,” Gail said about her family’s immediate reaction. “You don’t think of heart surgery for your 18-year-old son. It was devastating for us when we heard the news.”

Shane’s father, Fuad Reveiz, is a former UT and NFL star placekicker; older brother, Nick, is a sophomore linebacker at UT, and younger sister, Bryanna, is a junior student/athlete at FHS.

Gail said Murphy “has been wonderful, and we’ve heard he is the best doctor with the robotic surgery.”

She only had one criticism of Murphy: “He’s a huge Georgia fan.”


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