Gordie Howe is making a remarkable recovery from a stroke that nearly led to him being placed in hospice care last fall.
The hockey great has gained 20 pounds and is "doing fantastic" after undergoing stem-cell treatment in Mexico in early December, one of his sons told NHL Live. Howe continues to recover at the Lubbock, Texas, home of his daughter.
"He's doing very, very well," said Dr. Murray Howe, director of sports medicine imaging of Toledo Hospital. "He has good days and bad days like anybody who's 86, but overall he's heading in the right direction really every day, a little bit better. He had his stem cell treatment Dec. 8 and really since that time he's just been doing fantastic.
"He loves to be busy. If you want to torture him just make him sit down and watch television. He is just about doing stuff. He's in great spirits. He has an excellent quality of life. He's doing all the things that he wants to do now other than fishing, only because we haven't taken him fishing since his treatment, but he's looking forward to doing that."