With permission from Chuck Heath, Jr., Governor Palin’s brother, I am posting what he wrote on Facebook about their father’s open heart surgery:
As many of you may have heard, our dad is in the hospital right now after undergoing major open-heart surgery today. We knew this was surgery was imminent and Dad probably wanted to keep it private, but the word got out so in order to stop the rumors, here are the facts:
Mom is with me now at my house. She spent the day in the waiting room. Dad is unconscious and on a ventilator but they hope to remove it soon so he can breathe on his own. The surgery went well according to the doctors. It lasted almost six hours and they fixed a lot of things… pulmonary aneurysm, aortic valve replacement, etc. He had a congenital valve condition that made his heart work much harder than it was supposed to for his entire life; his drive and stubbornness probably kept him going for as long as his seventy-five years. Most people that know him know that he’s been extremely active his entire life… college track and football, all-star basketball player in Skagway, Boston Marathoner, as well as a longtime hunting and fishing guide. Amazing to think he did all this with a weak heart.
He was still working hard right up until his surgery. Mom said he was outside with his chainsaw bucking logs and hauling them up the hill below their house two days ago.
Hopefully, everything will go well. I think the biggest obstacle will be getting him to stay in bed and let his body heal. It’s going to be a long haul.
Thanks again for the prayers and messages,
p.s. Alaskan friends: Dad said before he went in that he didn’t want people to see him in his hospital bed, full of tubes and helpless. Hopefully he’ll be home in week or so.
I will continue to lift up Mr. Heath and his family in prayer and ask all of you to join me. God bless them. It’s never easy to undergo major surgery, not for the ones experiencing it personally, and not for the family and friends who are walking through it with them. I’m standing on the promise of this Scripture for them:
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Update via Chuck, Jr. on Facebook:
Praise the Lord!
Dad woke up today. He’s really hurting but he’s happy to still be here. I read him the nice messages that so many of you have sent us through FB, text, and email. He’s very grateful for your thoughts and prayers.
This “thumbs up” picture was his doing and he wanted you to know that he’ll be back. He’s too ornery to let this get him down for long. He’s very p… off that he’ll miss most of the fishing and gold mining season but he’s already looking ahead to his annual Fall moose hunt.
Thanks again. He’s not out of the woods yet but things look a little brighter than yesterday.
Click here to see the picture to which Chuck, Jr. referred.
(Update h/t – John Frank)