Thursday, January 26, 2006

President Hinckley Doing Well After Surgery

This will likely be my last post on President Hinckley's recent surgery and now recovery. He is doing quite well, for which I am certain millions world wide are grateful.

Salt Lake Tribune:

LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley was "resting comfortably" Wednesday at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous growth in his colon.
"We expect that he will recover rapidly and resume his normal duties soon," said spokesman Dale Bills.

LDS Church headquarters has been flooded with heart-warming get-well wishes from the Mormon faithful and others, church officials said.

Deseret News

President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was reportedly resting comfortably in LDS Hospital Wednesday after laparoscopic surgery Tuesday to remove colon cancer.

Few details regarding President Hinckley's surgery or his condition have been released by church spokesmen. Church officials did say they have received an outpouring of well-wishes for President Hinckley

Because of federal privacy laws, those caring for him cannot discuss his surgery, how the cancer was detected or what future treatment he might need. But several colon cancer experts not involved with his care talked about the disease and its treatment in general terms.

Colon cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer when it's detected early. The survival rate for stage 1 colon cancer is more than 90 percent, according to Dr. John Ward, medical oncologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah.

Provo Daily Herald

Gordon B. Hinckley, the 95-year-old president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was "resting comfortably" at a Salt Lake City hospital Wednesday after a cancerous portion of his large intestine was removed, a church spokeswoman said.

"We expect that he will recover rapidly and resume his normal duties soon," said church spokeswoman Kim Farah. No other information was released.

The cancerous growth was found during a routine medical screening -- presumably a colonoscopy -- and was removed Tuesday, a church statement said. It was not known whether there were any indications of additional cancer or what treatment might be planned.

President Hinckely is amazing in his ability to continue in his dedication to his calling and service to others.


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