Soon after being released from the hospital on Monday, D’Wan Mathis tweeted out a thanks to UGA’s fans.
The freshman quarterback underwent emergency brain surgery last Thursday after an MRI revealed a cyst on his brain.
It was obviously a very touchy and dangerous situation, as any type of brain surgery is serious.
“One more day, and it could have burst,” Terence Mathis, D’Wan’s father, told DawgNation’s Mike Griffith on Monday. “I can’t tell you how thankful I am my son is at the University of Georgia and with that medical and training staff.
“We were 745 miles away when all this happened last week, and Coach (Kirby) Smart made sure my son was taken care of the same way he would treat his own children.”
Per Griffith, Mathis is expected to remain on antibiotics for 30 days, according to his father. At this stage of his rehabilitation, he will continue to have 24-hour medical supervision.
The extreme sinus pressure was triggered by a severe climate change after D’Wan Mathis returned to Athens on May 13 after a short break back in Michigan at the conclusion of the spring semester. The sinus pressure proved to be a blessing, Terence Mathis said, as it led to the telltale MRI that revealed buildup of fluid outside of the brain.
Obviously Mathis’ general health is paramount — far more important than football. And the good news is that he is making steady progress with his recovery.
The football status of Mathis, who is battling for the No. 2 QB job behind Jake Fromm, for the upcoming season is unknown. While the specifics of Mathis’ situation have yet to be fully disclosed, patients who undergo brain-cyst surgery may have to wait at least three months before resuming rigorous physical activity.