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Gus Malzahn goes into detail on Kristi Malzahn's recent hospitalization

Simon Gibbs03/21/22
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UCF head coach Gus Malzahn provided a welcome update on Feb. 3 that his wife, Kristi, was out of the hospital and healthy after previously being admitted with a scary health condition. Though the details of her condition had previously remained private, Malzahn recently provided further explanation in an interview with Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, explaining that the hospital stint was an extremely scary time for his family.

“There were times I was scared to death I was going to lose her,” Malzahn said of his wife’s hospitalization. “I kept praying and I knew others were praying, too. We were overwhelmed by family, friends and fans who were sending their prayers our way. I believe Kristi is with us today because of the power of prayer and, of course, the doctors and nurses at Orlando Health were amazing.”

Kirsti was battling an unspecified infection, and she spent several weeks in the hospital before she was finally discharged. Malzahn took to Twitter after her time in the hospital to both update fans and thank them for prayers and well-wishes, with he post captioned “thankful to share the positive update.”

“I want to first thank all the people who have reached out to check on Kristi, and all of the prayers for her and our family. The support has been overwhelming and appreciated. As of today, Kristi has returned home and is doing significantly better. We cannot say enough about the staff at Orlando Regional Medical Center. The doctors, nurses and everyone at ORMC have gone above and beyond; I am forever thankful to all of them,” Malzahn said in his statement. “Mary, our team’s athletic trainer, and our team doctors have been unbelievable, and there is no thanks enough for them. Praise the Lord for Kristi’s recovery and looking forward to the progress she continues to make – I’m in awe of how tough she is!”

Malzahn’s wife, Kristi, appears to be doing much better. She’s returned home, and now, the Malzahn family appears to be focused on her recovery moving forward.

Malzahn had been hospitalized with an infection

UCF head coach Gus Malzahn first sent out a message via the Knights’ Twitter account on Jan. 17 regarding the health of his wife Kristi. According to Malzahn, his wife was in the hospital battling an unspecified infection at that time.

“I want to sincerely thank all those who have reached out concerning my wide Kristi,” Malzahn wrote. “She has been hospitalized as she battles an infection. We appreciate and thank all those who have offered prayers and support and ask that you continue to pray for her recovery.”

Malzahn, 56, and his wife have two daughters and several grandchildren.