Thank You Doctor Lee

I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart,  In the company of the upright and in the assembly.  Great are the works of the LORD.
Psalm 111

jim and doctor lee
Dr. Richard Lee, MD, MBA, and Jim Hoft, two months after open heart surgery.

Today was a special day for me as I was scheduled to see the heart surgeon who saved my life two months ago. Dr. Richard Lee, MD, MBA is the co-director at the Center for Comprehensive Cardiovascular Care at Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Lee is an amazing surgeon and a very professional and decent man.


In August I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After I lost vision in my left eye I went to the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused several strokes and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee.

Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended up lasting twelve. My heart was severely damaged. Today Dr. Lee told me the surgery was one of the most difficult of his career. He also said I only had a few days to live because of the damage.

But, that was two months ago. Today I am back home and I am recovering.

Thank you, Dr. Richard Lee.

And, thank you:
Dr. Peter Mkolajczak
Dr. Jeffrey Whiting
Dr. Sumbal Meraj
And, thank you, my dear cousin, Dr. Daniel Hoft

Thank you, interns, assistants and nurses.

You saved my life.
I am so grateful.

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