Mark Howe on his father’s health: ‘He’s back in the ballgame’

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It appears the health of Gordie Howe is headed in the right direction.

Speaking to MLive.com’s Ansar Khan, Mark Howe said his father’s health has been encouraging over the past week.

“A week ago our discussion was ‘Is he even going to be around Christmastime?’ It’s been peaks and valleys,” said Mark Howe. “Right now we’re at the highest peak since his stroke. We’ve been pretty excited about it.”

Gordie Howe, 86, has reportedly suffered multiple strokes since late October. Wednesday’s news is the first real sign of progress in the right direction for the hockey legend.

According to Khan’s report, Gordie Howe has even been walking under his own power.

“He’s back in the ballgame,” said Mark Howe. “Where it will lead to we don’t know, but he’s miles ahead of where he was weeks ago.

“In the last week he’s been getting stronger, better. We’re pretty encouraged by it.”