Fruean recovering well from heart surgery

RICHARD KNOWLER
Last updated 05:00 19/07/2013
Robbie Fruean
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ROAD TO RECOVERY: Robbie Fruean has been recovering well at home since his open-heart surgery.

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Robbie Fruean's recovery from open-heart surgery has been swift but he will still watch tomorrow night's Super Rugby play-off at home.

Crusaders doctor Deb Robinson, who has been in regular contact with Fruean since he had a heart valve replacement on July 3, said the centre has been the perfect patient since being discharged from hospital just three days after his operation.

Fruean has been diligent in doing everything he can to aid his recovery. Family members have travelled down from Wellington to keep him company and his team mates have kept in touch.

"At the moment he is still in recovery mode," Robinson said. "He needs to have some blood tests from time to time and really is just leading a quiet life around home at the moment.

"You can't ever hurry these things and it is a bit of a change of pace for him - from training fulltime and being in this (rugby) environments.

"He was actually discharged after three days which was pretty amazing."

Crusaders team-mate Dan Carter visited Fruean on Wednesday and tweeted: "Awesome catching up with my boy RFruean today. Great to see him up & about doing well."

Cheering on the Crusaders in their match against the Reds is expected to be done from the comfort of Fruean's lounge. Travelling to Addington, said Robinson, would be too risky.

"I think it is a bit early to do that. Just with the time to get there and it is still pretty cold in Christchurch, which is not that conducive - plus there are a few viruses around in the community.

"We would probably prefer him to keep away from big groups of people at the moment."

Robinson said Fruean's medical history - he has previously had open-heart surgery - meant he had formed a strong relationship with his specialist in Christchurch and knows the value of following the experts' advice.

"Absolutely. He knows what he wants and he knows he has to do it right to where he wants to go. Certainly there is no risk of doing something that he hasn't been advised about.

"Once he got home he was able to walk about, go up and down the stairs and out to the gate and things like that."

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