University of Kentucky basketball great Mike Casey was in critical condition after a serious heart procedure at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville on Tuesday.
Casey, of Shelbyville, received a ventricular assist device, which helps the heart pump blood, said his daughter, Laura Lake.
She said the device is a short-term solution; her father will need a heart transplant or another device in the future.
"It's critical still," she said. "We've just got to pray."
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Casey, 60, was named Mr. Basketball in 1966 and was the leading scorer at UK as a sophomore in 1967-68.
He broke a leg in a car wreck and was forced to sit out the 1969-70 season, but he returned the next year to finish his UK career with 1,535 points. That made him the 13th all-time scorer in UK history.
Casey, who is retired from Balfour, a company that makes class rings and graduation products, is scheduled to be inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in April.
"Dad's a fighter," Lake said. "He's a fighting man."