Risky op goes well for Mary
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.