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Shawn Swartz: There's no hole in his heart
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/29/2011
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April 29, 2011

There's no hole in his heart
WSU's Swartz competes with leukemia

By John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

Here's the deal on the hole in Shawn Swartz's chest:

To administer chemotherapy intravenously and withdraw blood and do the things that must be done to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a Hickman line was implanted - a catheter with three ports. Regular flushes and cleaning were required to guard against infection and blood clots, and yet he developed such a clot nonetheless. So the line had to be - and this is the technical term - pulled out. And now there's a hole.

"But he tells everybody he got shot," said his mother, Dianna Swartz.

It is not ...


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