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Oh released from hospital
2006-08-02 21:17
by Bob Timmermann

Japanese home run king and the manager of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, Sadaharu Oh, was released from Keio University Hospital after having his stomach removed as part of a cancer operation.

In the linked story from the Mainichi Daily News, Oh mentions that he has lost about 8 kilograms (about 17 1/2 lbs) and is down to 74 kgs (about 163 lbs).

Yes, you can live without a stomach.

Oh is unsure if he will return to managing the Hawks this season. The Hawks are .002 behind the Seibu Lions in the Pacific League. Hiroshi Moriwaki is the acting manager.

2006-08-02 21:47:06
1.   Greg Brock
Bob, I looked over the articles, but really didn't see a prognosis for this type of surgery. Any idea?
2006-08-02 21:52:00
2.   Bob Timmermann
The five-year survival rate is 21% from what I can find.
2006-08-03 08:01:57
3.   Kayaker7
I saw the press conference on the Japanese language news in the morning, and he mentioned ramen a few times. I couldn't tell if he was saying his love of ramen was the cause of the cancer, or if he was looking forward to eating ramen, after being limited to rice porridge.
2006-08-03 08:43:00
4.   Bob Timmermann
If ramen causes cancer, then Japan is doomed.
2006-08-03 16:24:10
5.   Kayaker7
Morikawi? That's got to be a typo. Japanese does not have a syllable that can be pronounced "wi." I would think it should be Morikawa.
2006-08-03 21:31:30
6.   Bob Timmermann
The Daily Yomiuri has transliterated his name three different ways.

It's actually Moriwaki.

2006-08-04 09:17:05
7.   Kayaker7
That sounds pretty waki. I'd like to see the Kanji for that one. I would guess that it is "forest, harmony, tree." I've learned not to be surprised by Japanese names anymore, the country with the most surnames in the world. In contrast, Korea has the fewest.
2006-08-04 09:30:21
8.   Kayaker7
Oops, I was wrong. It's literally, "forest armpit," but the term is used to refer to the edge of a forest.

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