We were all shocked to find out this weekend that our own Shotgun Tom Kelly underwent a quadruple bypass surgery on Saturday.
We are happy to report that Shotgun is doing well following the surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during his recovery. He is expected to return to the K-EARTH 101 airwaves in two-three weeks.
Shotgun’s progress has been updated on a Facebook page run by his daughter, Melanie. The latest update reads, “The old Shotgun’s doing great! The nurses have asked us to limit visitation until he is discharged home. I will keep you posted as to when that will be. Thank you guys for your support.”
LA Radio first reported on his surgery and condition after receiving word from his wife, Linda. Here’s the full report from LARadio.com:
(March 8, 2014 – LARadio bulletin) Shotgun Tom Kelly, afternooner at K-EARTH, underwent successful quadruple heart bypass surgery in San Diego this afternoon.
I received the following text from Tom last night at 10:40 pm:
“I just wanted you to know that I’m in San Diego and went to see my cardiologist. He said that I need a triple bypass. I’m going under the knife tomorrow morning at 7:20 a.m. Please, I need your prayers. God bless. I’m taking it one day at a time.”
They did wheel him into surgery around 7:30 this morning and the doctors completed the procedure around 2 p.m.
After the surgery, I received this email from Tom’s wife, Linda:
“Just his lungs are an issue, so they cannot remove the breathing tube and bring him around until they know he can breathe properly on his own. They may wait until tomorrow.”
I spoke with Tom’s wife a few minutes ago and she was very optimistic about her husband’s surgery and his recovery. Tom lives in Los Angeles during the week while dj’ing at K-EARTH and every Friday he drives to San Diego to spend the weekend at his longtime home in El Cajon with his wife.
Earlier this week, Tom went in for a routine, semi-annual physical. He told his doctor that he was experiencing “pressure on his chest.” They planned to do an angioplasty on Friday but an x-ray showed some blockage in his arteries. “Tom’s heart is very strong,” emphasized Linda.
Tom is scheduled to be in the hospital for five days and should be back on the air in two weeks. “He is very anxious to get back on the air at K-EARTH,” said Linda.
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