Senators owner Melnyk undergoes successful liver transplant

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Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk underwent a successful liver transplant Tuesday in Toronto General Hospital, the club announced on its website.

From the Ottawa Senators:

Mr. Melnyk went into surgery at noon today and the transplantation was successfully completed at 8:05 p.m.

Mr. Melnyk and the anonymous donor are both resting comfortably and doing well.

The University Health Network’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program will provide a progress update on Mr. Melnyk and the anonymous donor later this week.

Mr. Melnyk and his family would like to thank everyone for their continued support and wish to extend their immense gratitude to the anonymous donor and the donor’s family.

Only five days ago, Melnyk was hospitalized and in “urgent need” of a liver transplant. In the days that followed, there were more than 500 donor applications received.