Former Tucson Roadrunners hockey player Craig Cunningham lost part of his leg following a medical procedure, ESPN reports.
Doctors conducted the partial amputation Dec. 24 in order to prevent a possible spread of infection that could complicate his recovery.
The 26-year-old required 85 minutes of CPR.
Doctors from Banner-UMC and Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital performed a series of innovative medical procedures to help save Cunningham and he was released from the hospital in late December .
"Every time I think about how I can't play anymore, I just think back to [the fact that] I'm lucky I'm not 10 feet under," Cunningham told ESPN Monday evening from Banner-University Medical Center. "If I have to sacrifice playing hockey to be alive -- and it's a tough pill to swallow for sure, it's been my whole life since I was 4 years old -- it's time for me to move on."
More news here ?? about Cunningham's recovery and an additional procedure. https://t.co/ofkn7WRiTt
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