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UPDATE: Hall of Famer Rod Carew has heart, kidney transplant

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UPDATE: Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew has undergone successful heart and kidney transplant surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Minnesota Twins said Friday that the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles lasted 13 hours and that Carew is resting in recovery.

"We are overwhelmed with emotions right now - joy, relief, excitement and especially gratitude for all the doctors and nurses who have been with us at every step in this journey, and to the donor who made this possible," Carew's wife Rhonda told American Heart Association News. "Rod knows he's been given another chance at life and we look forward to making the most of it."

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew is undergoing a heart and kidney transplant.

The American Heart Association News reports that the surgery began around midnight Thursday and is expected to take up to 18 hours.

The 71-year-old former hitting star has struggled with heart issues since September 2015 when he had a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest while undergoing a procedure to open clogged arteries.

A machine has kept Carew alive since he nearly died 15 months ago. Removing that device is the first part of Friday's surgery. Then he will receive a new heart. Doctors say the kidney transplant will improve his chances for a strong recovery.

Carew played from 1967 to 1985 for the Twins and California Angels. He was a seven-time American League batting champion and first-ballot selection to the Hall of Fame.

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