"He really has had a very nice response to the transplant, as compared to other patients, who have had pneumonia and rejection episodes," said David J. Ross, Ball's physician at UCLA. Ross
is a seasoned marathon runner, having run in 17 marathons in the past.But Saturday will mark the first time he
has ever run with a patient.
in such great condition, he'll probably leave me in the dust," Ross
...There is a significant impact on the immune system for most marathon runners, said Ross, who is also the medical director for the lung transplant program at the UCLA Medical Center.
But for transplant recipients, these risks are increased.
"(Ball) is on immunosuppression medication ... so the effect of the marathon may take its toll," Ross
"The fact that he
has been training and he
has been dedicated and done very well from a physiological perspective makes me more comfortable," Ross
physician has shown some concern, the people closest to Ball are not as worried about how he
will perform in Saturday's marathon.