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Former Dodgers Hitter Pedro Guerrero In Critical Condition Following Stroke

Pedro Guerrero in 1984. (Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection)
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Former Dodgers heavy-hitter Pedro Guerrero is fighting for his life at Manhattan's Lenox Hill hospital. The five-time All Star and 1981 World Series MVP suffered a stroke (his second since 2015) on Monday.

Jessica Mora, Guerrero's stepdaughter, told ESPN that Guerrero was placed on life-support when he arrived at the hospital.

“The swelling on the brain has improved a little bit,” Rafael Ortiz, chief of neuro-endovascular surgery and interventional neuroradiology at Lenox Hill, told USA Today. “He’s now following commands and is understanding what we are saying. While he’s in critical condition, he’s doing much better than last night.”

Guerrero was taken to another hospital first, where he underwent a ventriculostomy. When his condition stabilized, he was transferred to Lenox Hill.

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“I know there was a lot of confusion,” Ortiz continued. “I imagine there was some at the first hospital, which gave those close to him mixed messages on his condition. He did not have a heart attack. He’s not brain dead. There was never talk about organ donation. I want to straighten that out. ...It could go either way. He still recovering and could go on to live a meaningful life, but it’s too early to tell.”