Just got a text from Ellen, happy to report:
"Just spoke w/surgeon, will be at least 30-45 minutes before "closing" then recovery for about another hour, then they will let us see him. Will try to extubate by 6 or so, heart is NOT badly damaged, they were able to do a triple"
Ellen thanks every one for the prayers&love sent.
They were extubating her husband and she saw the pretty impressive incision, and also the 3 graft sites. Their son and family are with Ellen now, but she is in pain from using the cane.
Sootie, I passed on your message to speak with the hospital for some home care help while he is in re-hab, and Ellen says an extended family member works at the hospital and will help with the request, also they will address it with Medicare.