Holleeder operation successful

13th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 April 2007, AMSTERDAM - Willem Holleeder successfully underwent open heart surgery at the Leiden University Medical Centre on Thursday. He is now in stable condition but is being kept in an artificial coma, his lawyer Jan-Hein Kuijpers said yesterday afternoon.

13 April 2007

AMSTERDAM - Willem Holleeder successfully underwent open heart surgery at the Leiden University Medical Centre on Thursday. He is now in stable condition but is being kept in an artificial coma, his lawyer Jan-Hein Kuijpers said yesterday afternoon.

Doctors were able to repair Holleeder's cardiac valves, Kuijpers said. "Synthetic reinforcement was also introduced into his aorta. Doctors are pleased with how the operation went, which lasted from 11 am to 5 pm."

Willem Holleeder is being kept unconscious until doctors are certain that his heart and kidneys are functioning properly. "The artificial coma could last a day or two or even two weeks," Kuijpers said.

It is not clear how long Holleeder will need to recover. His lawyer says that his client will need three to six months of rest once it has been ascertained that he is doing well and there are no complications.

Kuijpers says the doctors told Holleeder's family that he had only a 10-percent survival chance when he was admitted to the hospital earlier in the week.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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