Status Report on Mary Witmer, 181101.a

Mary’s surgery ended just before Noon today, November 1. Her preparation time lasted somewhat longer that initially projected, so the operation itself didn’t begin until after 9:00 AM, although we were up at 3:30 AM and had arrived to register on Surgical Level 3 at 5:00 AM sharp. It’s already been a long day.

I just spoke with Mary’s surgeon, Dr. Klemperer, who told me that the procedure was quite straightforward. No complications or surprises. She remained stable throughout. And she now has a new aortic valve — evidently none too soon, based on what he told me.

She will soon be transferred from Recovery to the Coronary Care Unit where I will see her for the first time since her surgery ended.

The first hours and days post-surgery are critical, so thanks for your continued concern and prayers.

I’ll probably not be able to respond to individual emails until next week, but I will try to post once more late today and at least a few more times in the coming days.

Daryl E. Witmer

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