Risky op goes well for Mary

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Mary Humphreys has come through her seven-hour surgery with the sup­port and pray­ers of hun­dreds of well-wish­ers.

The Mainly Mu­sic teacher from As­cot Park un­der­went the risky surgery last Tues­day to close a hole in her bowel which had kept her in Welling­ton Hospi­tal since De­cem­ber.

The wound, caused by surgery to re­move a blood clot, had been un­able to heal be­cause Mary takes blood thin­ners to man­age a hered­i­tary blood clot­ting dis­or­der. Mary had a leg am­pu­tated 17 years ago due to an­other clot.

‘‘Mary has suc­cess­fully made it through the op­er­a­tion,’’ hus­band Dave Humphreys told Kapi-mana News last week. ‘‘ The doc­tors ex­pect if there are no com­pli­ca­tions in the next 10 days or so she could make a full re­cov­ery.’’

She spent just two days in in­ten­sive care.

Mary is a much- loved com­mu­nity fig­ure and more than 200 friends banded to­gether to fundraise for her Australia- based daugh­ters Kelly and Melissa to be be­side their mum as she re­cov­ers.

A quiz on May 5 raised over $1000, and a bake sale was held last Satur­day at Whitby shops.

‘‘We would like to thank ev­ery­one who has sup­ported us the last five months. We feel blessed to have so many friends,’’ Dave said.

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