Bruce Furniss Expected To Make Full Recovery After Heart Attack

After suffering a major heart attack back on March 29, two-time Olympic gold medalist Bruce Furniss is expected to make a full recovery.

Furniss, 62, was put into a medically induced coma after going into cardiac arrest, and woke up from it four days later on April 2, showing positive signs including communicating. After steady improvements in his condition, he was cleared to leave St.Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, California on April 9.

Now, in the latest update on his CaringBridge page, his wife Sharon says he’s exceeded doctor’s expectations thus far and has “shattered” recovery targets.

Read a section of the post below:

“Through God’s mercy and grace Bruce is not only alive today, but his doctors assure us of a 100% recovery to baseline both cardiac and neurologically. In fact, he has already shattered the recovery targets the doctors have outlined and other than his need to regain physical strength, he seems like he has already recovered less than one week after waking up from a coma. Not bad for an older guy, but then again my husband is a fighter, an eternal optimist and one who is loved by and prayed over by so many!”

Furniss won a pair of Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Games in Montreal, leading an American sweep in the men’s 200 freestyle while also contributing on the U.S. 800 free relays. Both swims were also new world records.

The former USC Trojan also won four Long Course World Championships medals, including a pair of relay golds in 1975 and 1978, and was a six-time NCAA champion. The Fresno, Calif., native set a total of 10 world and 19 American Records over the course of his career.

You can visit his CaringBridge page here.

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Igor Vazhenin
6 months ago

Hey Bruce, I had it 4 years ago and all healthy now! Swim long distance and 200 fly. It’s all in your mind. All the best.

Lane 8
6 months ago

Great news! That’s awesome!

6 months ago

Some good news in these uncertain times for the swimming world!

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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