Clinton hospitalized, stents placed in artery
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton, who had quadruple bypass surgery more than five years ago, was hospitalized Thursday to have a clogged heart artery opened after suffering chest pains.
Two stents resembling tiny mesh scaffolds were placed inside the artery as part of a medical procedure that is common for people with severe heart disease.
The 63-year-old Clinton was “in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts,” said an adviser, Douglas Band.
Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee chairman and a close friend of the Clintons, said Clinton participated in a conference call on earthquake relief as he was being wheeled into surgery.
He expected Clinton to be released from the hospital today.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton travelled from Washington to New York to be with her husband, who underwent the procedure at New York Presbyterian Hospital, the same place where his bypass surgery was done in September 2004.
At that time, four of his arteries were blocked, some almost completely, and he was in danger of an imminent heart attack. It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of Frances Theresa Lund on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in East Bay, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Catherine (MacKinnon) MacDonald.
Frances enjoyed sewing, cooking, quilting and spending time with her family.
Surviving are her husband, Gordon; three children, Vivian, Grand Prairie, Alta., Jeanette, Marion Bridge, and Sheila (Chris), Sydney; precious grandchildren, Tyler, Tory and Janelle. She is also survived by her brothers, Michael (Laura) MacDonald, East Bay, Wayne ( Nancy) MacDonald, East Bay, and Clifford (Ann Marie) MacKinnon, Sydney; brothers-inlaw, Carl Brooks, Ontario, Johnny (Margie) Lund, Sydney, and Eddie ( Kay) Lund, Dutch Brook; sisters-in-law, Eileen (Alister) MacDonald, Dutch Brook, Betty ( Jimmy) Gillis, Grand Mira, Louise (Wayne) Cann, Marion Bridge, Mora Lund, Skir Dhu, and Christine ( John) Thompson, Sydney; many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Frances was predeceased by her brother, Jerome, in infancy, sister, Mary Brooks, father and mother-in-law, Eddie and Tillie Lund, sister-inlaw, Evelyn Petrie and brothers-in-law, Elmer Lund and David Lund.
Visitation will take place at Sydney Memorial Chapel, Saturday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. Columba Presbyterian Church, Marion Bridge, Monday 11 a.m., with Pastor Kevin Richardson officiating. Interment in Oakfield Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre.
Condolences may be sent to the family at sydneymemorialchapel@ ns. sympatico.ca.