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Martin Has Leg Surgery for Bacteria

January 16, 2002|Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. — Golfer Casey Martin had surgery Tuesday at Sacred Heart Medical Center to remove potentially deadly bacteria from his withered right leg.

His agent, Chris Murray, said Martin will be hospitalized for about a week and spend six to 10 weeks in rehabilitation.

Martin has Klippel-Trenaunay-Webber Syndrome, a degenerative circulatory disorder in his right leg that makes it extremely painful for him to walk more than a short distance.

Martin recently had surgery in Denver to improve the blood flow in his right leg. After a second operation, an infection developed.

In 1998, Martin won a federal lawsuit against the PGA Tour for the right to use a golf cart in tour sanctioned events.

The decision was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

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