Hall of Famer Gary Carter’s brain tumors are most likely inoperable, according to a post by his daughter on the family’s website, the Montreal Gazette reported Monday.
“Dad’s tumour is not operable, as it is like a snake of tumours that are connected across the back of the brain,” Kimmy Bloemers wrote on Saturday. “The biggest tumour is on the left side of the brain.”
Earlier this month, doctors found four small tumors on Carter’s brain, and announced that he would undergo further tests at Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C. On Friday, doctors performed biopsies on a single tumor and announced that is appeared to be malignant.
Bloemers said that doctors are “99 percent” certain that her father is suffering from Grade 4 glioblastoma, which affects the brain and central nervous system, and is characterized by a fast-growing malignant brain tumor.
“We will find the absolute/definite prognosis on Tuesday, so we are hanging tight for possibly other news,” Bloemers wrote.
Carter, 57, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. He compiled a .262 career average with 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs over 19 seasons in the Majors with the Expos, Mets, Giants and Dodgers.
Nicknamed “Kid,” Carter was an 11-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner. He helped lead the Mets past the Red Sox in the 1986 World Series.
“This will not be an easy road at all, nor is this a simple battle but WE WILL FIGHT,” Bloemers wrote.
Carter’s family has been by his side at The Preston Robert Tisch Brian Tumor Center at Duke while he undergoes treatment.