Canada begins healing process

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

Although Tom Canada's health has stabilized, he will remain in the hospital for a few more days.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end was admitted to the hospital Tuesday to determine the cause of an enlarged spleen, a condition that can be life-threatening.

"I visited with Tom (Tuesday night) and we had a good conversation," Bomber head coach Doug Berry said yesterday. "He looked good. For those who haven't seen him, he had full colour. When I saw him, he was with a mobile IV. He was anxious to get himself healthy and see where it takes him."

But it will be slow going.

SLOW PROCESS

"The doctors advised him that there should be no contact sport for the next six months, that they were going to have to wait for the spleen to reduce," Berry said. "As you know, whenever you get an enlarged spleen, you have to take care of it and it's a slow process. The good thing is that the condition was found before any major damage was done and we're all looking forward to Tom getting healthy, and getting ready to compete again next year."

But Berry did not know how long Canada will have to remain hospitalized.

"He's staying for precautionary observation as well as to feed him some medication that will help him," Berry said. "But I really don't know how long he's going to be in there."

Canada, 28, had been told that he could die if the spleen ruptures. Enlargement of the spleen can be caused by a number of things, including liver disease and blood cancers.

Canada discovered the ailment after the Bombers tried to trade him to Hamilton for linebacker Zeke Moreno on Monday. And the best wishes from his legions of fans have been pouring in since.

"Those were definitely heartfelt comments," Canada said before returning to the hospital on Tuesday. "It makes you feel like you are appreciated."

Even Berry seemed relieved that Canada did not get traded.

"Tom and I are good friends, as much as a head coach and a player can be," he said.


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