When we last checked in with former Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen, the situation was dire. Having been diagnosed with a rare heart disease called amyloidosis back in 2017. The disease forced him to step down from his job as analyst for Big Ten Network in October, and he was in desperate need of a heart transplant, for which he had been on the waiting list for over two months.
Sunday brought great news for Millen. According to Peter King of NBC Sports, Millen found a matching heart and underwent surgery at 1 a.m. Monday morning. Per King, Millen is now out of surgery, which was successful.
Good morning. Merry Christmas Eve.— Peter King (@peter_king) December 24, 2018
An update on Matt Millen, for those who read about his heart transplant in the column:
He is out of surgery, and his wife Pat tells me the doctors told her it was a good match. Surgery was a success.
Updating my column as we speak. https://t.co/EemKxEXPP4
As King notes, it’s a wonderful Christmas Eve gift for Millen and his family, as the former Lions GM has been battling this disease for over a year now, going through chemotherapy and other treatments just to keep his heart ticking.
We wish Millen a speedy recovery from surgery.