LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky head coach Kyra Elzy says freshman Tionna Herron is recovering from open-heart surgery to correct a structural abnormality.
The 6-foot-4 stud learned about her condition after arriving at school in June and received other feedback before recommending surgery. Senior trainer Courtney Jones said in a statement that Herron underwent surgery Aug. 24 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and is recovering at her home in DeSoto, Texas.
Elzy said that Herron “is the definition of a warrior” and everyone is grateful to be on the other side of the player’s surgery. Herron is expected to return to campus early next month and will continue with rehabilitation until she is cleared to return to normal activity.
“Her will and determination to eventually get back on the court is inspiring, and it’s that ‘game on’ attitude that makes her a perfect fit for our program,” Elzy said in a statement. “We are very excited about Tionna’s return to our locker room; It’s not the same without our entire team together.”
Herron committed to Kentucky during the early signing period last fall, rated a four-star prospect and one of the top 70 players in last year’s class. Kentucky won the Southeastern Conference Tournament last year and reached the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
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