[Alex] Gonzalez and his wife [Johanna] welcomed their third son, Johan, on Sept. 26, 2006. But Johan was different than Gonzalez's other two older sons — he was born premature. Doctors detected medical concerns immediately. ...ESPN's Amy K. Nelson's latest column has more details.
Doctors watched Johan's health from Day 1. They performed surgical procedures to elongate his trachea and his parents monitored Johan's heartbeat with machines in their home. ... By the time the 2007 season began, he had an optimistic outlook regarding his son. That ended abruptly.
Johan stopped breathing in his sleep. ... It has been over two years since Johan slipped into a coma in July of 2007. ...
"... [W]hen I came here [Boston] I tried to stay focused for nine innings, three hours, tried to be focused on baseball. But after that I go back to my situation."
October 7, 2009
Alex Gonzalez's Three-Year Nightmare
Jessica Camerato, WEEI:
by allan at 2:16 PM