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MLB Hall of Famer Rod Carew tells FanFest Crowd 'Scripps Saved My Life'

Scripps heart failure expert joins the Hall of Famer during All-Star Game event

Scripps representative standing with MLB Hall of Famer Rob Carew.

Scripps heart failure expert joins the Hall of Famer during All-Star Game event

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and Scripps patient Rod Carew praised the care he has received and credited his Scripps Clinic physicians with saving his life during an appearance at the All-Star Game FanFest in San Diego.

Carew, who was implanted with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) last year at Prebys Cardiovascular Institute after suffering a massive heart attack and heart failure, was joined at the MLB event by one of his physicians, Ajay Srivastava, MD, and Jennifer Nowaczyk, Scripps LVAD program coordinator.

The appearance also featured Heart of 29, a heart disease awareness campaign launched by Carew through the American Heart Association. Carew wore No. 29 on his jersey throughout his illustrious baseball career.

Members of the Rancho Penasquitos All Star Little League team joined Carew on the field at the FanFest event to learn how to perform CPR on dummies.

The event was part of the festivities surrounding the 2016 MLB All-Star game held in San Diego at Petco Park.

Read the American Heart Association News article: Carew, Heart of 29 a Hit at All-Star FanFest

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