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Update on Dr. Tom Petty

We've had many calls and requests for information on the condition of Dr. Petty, so here is the good news that comes directly from him. Tom's on the mend, and is now "one of us!"

Dear Friends,

I cannot tell you in words with enough meaning what your thoughts, prayers and letters of encouragement have meant to me! Just briefly, I sailed through surgery and was out of the hospital in 5 days. An unofficial indoor record for the Mayo Clinic as my surgeon put it. But on return to Denver, there was a strong suggestion of a pulmonary embolus. The test was negative, but required dye to be injected. This injured my kidneys for a couple of days. It also caused a severe lung reaction with bronchospasm to complicate my mild to moderate asthma that I have had for a long time. Now, guess what? I am on home oxygen. I sleep with it and will need it when I go to Aspen tomorrow to attend my lung conference. I will proudly attend with the assistance of oxygen. More later as the fascinating story of life, recovery, love and hope continues.




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