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Przemek Karnowski’s doctor has Gonzaga and Northwestern ties

UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 7:47 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY – The text showed up on Gonzaga senior center Przemek Karnowski’s phone Thursday.

“Hey, I don’t know who to root for?”

The author: Dr. John Shuster, the orthopaedic spine surgeon who performed Karnowski’s back surgery on Dec. 31, 2015. The rub: Shuster earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Northwestern in 1987.

Gonzaga and Northwestern meet Saturday in the NCAA round-of-32 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The doctor and patient stay in touch. Shuster attended Karnowski’s Senior Night game against BYU at the McCarthey Athletic Center last month.

“He basically gave me a new life,” Karnowski said. “He fixed everything that was wrong with me.”

And Karnowski’s text reply to Shuster? “I cannot tell you what to do. I can only suggest.”

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