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NO SLOWING DOWN
Cheerleader bounces back from heart surgery
By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services
When East Carolina University cheerleader Alexis Sullivan somersaults across the sidelines at Pirate football games, there’s no hint of what she’s been through the past year.
The sophomore from Greensboro has bounced back from minimally invasive mitral valve repair surgery performed Dec. 16 by Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr., ECU professor of cardiovascular sciences, director of the East Carolina Heart Institute and robotic surgery pioneer.
She resumed reduced training only three months after the surgery, participated in ECU’s bid at the national collegiate cheerleading competition in Daytona Beach, Fla., in April, and has steadily increased her endurance since then.
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