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Journal entry by Pearl Bell

They have closed. Ruben is in the recovery room. The surgery was successful. He will have at least 48 Hours of being closely monitored. The family is requesting that no visitors come during this time period. However if you're interested in visiting after Sunday please check with a family member. Thank you again for all your thoughts and prayers.

Journal entry by Pearl Bell

Ruben will be going into heart surgery tomorrow at 7:30 am.  The surgery is estimated to be 10 to 14 hours.

We promise to keep this site up to date throughout the day and when we have more information. 


Ruben was hospitalized in July 8th and diagnosed with MRSA.    

After lots of investigation and tests they found the source in his heart valve.  The infection is widespread and both in his spine (Discitis) and brain.  The heart valve has a pocket of MRSA around it and they need to go in and have surgery to remove it and replace the heart valve and repair the damage.  The surgery is mandatory and comes with risk. 

He is currently on kidney dialysis and may need lifelong dialysis. 

If the surgery is a success he will have a long recovery ahead of him.    

Please send lots of thoughts and prayers.
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