Steve Gleason's tracheotomy successful

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Updated Monday, May 19 at 7:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Steve Gleason underwent a successful tracheotomy Monday night to help him breathe. Gleason battles with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). 

A Team Gleason spokeswoman said he "did very well."  She added, "No doubt this will enable him to be more active in his mission to continue living a productive and rich life as a husband, father, adventurer and advocate for the end of ALS."

Gleason is a former Gonzaga Prep, Washington State University and New Orleans Saints football star.

On Monday afternoon, Gleason tweeted that he was going to the hospital. He called the surgery semi-planned. 

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Gleason also tweeted, “I believe in the power of intention, prayer, meditation, etc. I appreciate your unified focus on healing.”

 

The former football star is in a wheelchair and tweets with his eyes.

The Spokane native’s battle with ALS inspired KREM 2 News’ Project Inspire campaign.  Gleason made it his mission to inspire others and better the lives of ALS patients.

 

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