Quincy Pondexter Revealed To ESPN That He Was Diagnosed With A Life-Threatening Infection, MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), In The Beginning Of 2017. Pondexter, Who Has Been Sidelined For The Past Two Seasons, Had Two Surgeries Done However His Knee Did Not Repair. Uncertainty Of Returning To The Court Began To Accumulate As The Pelicans Were Unable To Find What Was Holding Back Q's Rehab.
On January 1st, 2017, Pondexter Visited New York To Get His Knee Scoped Again, However His Health Took A Turn For The Worse. Pondexter Collapsed In A Pharmacy While Waiting In Line For Pain Medication. Acording To ESPN, Pondexter Was "Terrified, Bewildered, And In Excruciating Pain. He Didn't Have Control Over His Body And Feared He Was Dying." A Few Days After Getting Fluid Drained From His Knees, Pondexter Was Diagnosed With MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), A Skin Infection That Is Difficult To Manage And If Not Treated Properly Or Promptly, Can Lead To Death. It's Unclear When Pondexter Developed The Infection.
Following His Third Knee Procedure, Pondexter Was Hospitalized For A Month.
"I was getting checked on every two hours in the hospital," he said. "I was doing three full bags of liquid antibiotics, which took close to two hours each time. There was a point where I was connected on both sides, whether it was antibiotics or IVs or all types of other medicines to keep me alive. It was pretty crazy. It's a full day, 24 hours, around-the-clock watch over that recovery. You're trying to eliminate an infection that's deadly ... My condition was really hidden because we didn't want anyone to know, and I didn't want anyone to feel sorry for me." -Pondexter
When Pondexter Was Released From The Hospital In February, He Couldn't Walk & Had Lost 32 Pounds, It Took Him Three Weeks To Relearn How To Walk.
Multiple Trainers & Physical Therapists Agree That Pondexter Is Ready To Make A Comeback Next Season.
I Wish You The Best Of Luck In The Upcoming Season Q, I'm Glad Things Are Working Out For You Now.
(All Quotes Via ESPN Website)