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Butler returns to Panthers following daughter's surgery

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers cornerback Darius Butler was back at practice Wednesday after missing last week's game to be with his 3-month-old daughter, Milan, who underwent successful open heart surgery.

The baby was found to have heart complications last week after a routine checkup and was quickly admitted to the emergency room. Butler immediately left the team and returned home to Hollywood, Fla., upon hearing the news.

She had surgery the following day.

Butler said "it was the scariest few days of my life."

He said his daughter will remain in the intensive care unit at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital for at least two more weeks but is expected to make a full recovery. Butler said he planned to return home Wednesday night to be with his family.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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