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Dec 17, 2001

Bruce Lind Update

An update on racer Bruce Lind, who was hospitalized last week with complications related to injuries suffered in a crash at Laguna Seca last July, from his wife, Edie:<BR><BR>After another CT scan and then more X-rays late Friday), Bruce was rushed into surgery at about 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning. He was of course groggy and hurting after about 2-1/2 hours of surgery but was doing well by 2:00 p.m. And he was actually making jokes--kind of--with the nurses with what voice he has left after almost five days without any water down his throat--just a tube.<BR><BR>The good news is that there was no need to actually cut/remove any of the intestines themselves. The scar tissue had managed to collapse the small intestine in TWO separate places, but the collapse was caused by the tissue outside the intestine and there was nothing causing a blockate on the inside. So they removed the scar tissue to allow the small intestine to function again. Better than it could have been, as not having to open the intestines cuts down on chance of peritonitis.<BR><BR>The bad news is that the doctor said he will not be out of the hospital until Thursday. However, he does not know Bruce, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if he managed to beat that by a day or so. However, he did just finish using amazing strength and recuperative powers to bounce back just a couple of months ago, so his almost-unlimited energy may actually be kind of depleted right now.<BR><BR>But he will be home for Christmas!