Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Tom Under the Knife

Clueless Tom will be having open heart surgery at 7:00 AM this morning. Positive thoughts, prayers, and the sacrifice of appropriate small animals will all be appreciated.

Details, as provided by Tom and clarified by some research, are: Tom has a bicuspid aortic valve, a minor defect occurring in about one out of 70 people. Tom's has calcified significantly, requiring replacement. He also has a minor aortic aneurysm that would not merit surgical correction by itself, but will be repaired while they are replacing the valve. They will also do a single (so far) bypass.

Tom has been told the mortality rate for this procedure is in the 6% to 8% range.

(Central Dupage Hospital, for those who want to track him down further...)

Uncle Hyena
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