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Offline Livia Zita

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King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« on: December 11, 2010, 03:24:39 PM »
Hi Everyone,
 
Livia here.
Let me catch you all up on the past couple of weeks' happenings, because it affects many things.
On Monday the 29th of November, King had to be transported to the nearby hospital by ambulance. After several different tests were done and the EKG machine showing abnormalities, the doctors recommended that he get a cardiac catheterization.

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure where the doctors lead a very thin tube up from the leg and into the heart, where it injects dye into the bloodstream. Then a camera at the end of the tube takes many pictures of the heart's arteries, looking for blockages.
After this was done, they determined that King had several heart attacks, and three of his heart's arteries were the cause: one was completely blocked, the second was 90% blocked, and the third was 65% blocked.

The only solution to this was an open heart triple bypass surgery.

If you are interested in the details of how this surgery is performed, please look it up online. I will only touch on the basics.
The sternum (breastbone) is cut in half and pulled apart, to expose the heart. Veins are harvested from other places of the body, in King's case it was his left leg and chest wall. The person is then hooked up to a machine that practically does the job of the heart, circulating  and oxygenating the blood.
The heart is then stopped, and the lungs collapse (the lungs stop working since the blood is being oxygenated by the machine). The surgeon then sews the harvested veins in place, bypassing the found blockages. Once the surgery is done, the surgeon moves the ribs and breastbone back into place and wires it together. The chest is closed as well.  They use an electric pulse to start the heart and a breathing machine is lead into the lungs to restart breathing.

King's surgery took approximately 7 hours.

Everything went well, and King was taken to ICU for recovery. He was walking and eating solid food already 2 days after the operation, and he was the first one in the history of the hospital who walked on his own power from the ICU to normal care. 10 days after the ambulance took him to the emergency room, he is at home and is recovering well. It will be a few months before he feels completely normal and is without pain.

He would like to mention here that he's eternally grateful for the wonderful staff at Centennial Medical Center who took care of him. Dr. Kourlis, Dr. Kamili, Dr. Alang, Nurse Christie and Nurse Thomas among many others made sure that he got the best care and attention he could ever have hoped for.
They were always very nice to me too, letting me stay overnight in the ICU after visiting hours were over.

In light of this, he will be taking a break from music and the music business altogether until further notice.
He very much wants to write new music, finish the DVDs, and go on tour, but for now, all those things are in the distant future and he's not thinking about them.

Please understand that the King Diamond band is not stopping, disbanding or anything of the sort. King's health is first priority, and when everything is going good with him, the music will resume.
 
Thank you all very much for reading this and STAY HEAVY,
 
Livia
« Last Edit: December 11, 2010, 03:28:44 PM by Livia Zita »
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Offline stefanbogi

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2010, 03:41:04 PM »
stay heavy! we will wait! We love you and send you all support!

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2010, 03:47:04 PM »
Just got the info on my Facebook!  :'(
Livia, thanks for keeping us informed (hang on there, girl!) - I wish you both the best and a speedy recovery for Kim).
Get well, King!  :king:
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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2010, 03:47:12 PM »
Good to hear he is fine now.

Take all the time you need King, we will all wait for you  :king:

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2010, 03:51:39 PM »
To the mods, I think this should be a sticky.

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2010, 03:54:50 PM »
I wish you only the best in your recovery! Get well soon, King!  :king:

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2010, 03:55:40 PM »
I hope and wish the best and fast recovery to you King... I know that you´ll be at your 100%  soon... Livia thanks to keep us informated and if we can do something you can let us know!!!

Long Live The King...
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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2010, 04:00:19 PM »
Thats really scary hope the recovery goes well for him. :(

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2010, 04:04:04 PM »
I'm really glad to hear that King is well now.

Take care of you both!

Stay strong!


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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2010, 04:05:47 PM »
Oh thank the gods youre okay King. Everything else can wait...get well. We are all here pulling for you. Can't wait for a new album and Tour! Long live the King!  :king: \m/

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2010, 04:06:24 PM »
hey king.....greatings from denmark.....i hope you will get better day by day.

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2010, 04:08:14 PM »
Stay heavy and take your time, I'm with all of you. Be strong!

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2010, 04:11:23 PM »
Believe it or not... my pression went down when I read this... Just great to read he is better now!!!... I´m still a little nervous yet...

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2010, 04:11:49 PM »
all the best for you king  :king:


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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2010, 04:16:14 PM »
Believe it or not... my pression went down when I read this... Just great to read he is better now!!!... I´m still a little nervous yet...

that's true, i thought that was news about the band, when i began to read..  :'(

i think it's a very important point in his life, and it will affect to his musical career, but his health is priority nº1

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2010, 04:51:54 PM »
Glad you are O.K. Big King dude! 

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2010, 04:59:43 PM »
Get well King!! Take your time my friend, we will see you soon I have no doubt!

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2010, 05:21:12 PM »
wow! I hope King has a speedy recovery and I am glad he is okay. I can not express how glad I am that everything went well with the surgery. Kristy and I will support you no matter what path you may choose King.
Get well soon! :king:

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2010, 05:33:34 PM »
worse news ever

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2010, 05:35:40 PM »
Get well soon King! :king:
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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2010, 05:35:54 PM »
Wow...I literally almost teared up when I got to the middle of that message.  I started fearing the worst and thinking we had lost another legend  :'(
I'm very glad to hear he is doing okay, and he can take all the time he needs to recover from this.  He is worth waiting for.

Best wishes King. Get well soon!  :king:

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2010, 05:39:13 PM »
May the Ancient Ones bless King's soul and spirit.
Get well soon comrade.

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #22 on: December 11, 2010, 05:45:00 PM »
Damn, so glad he made it out ok   :(

Take all the time you need King, the Diamond Bangers will be here when you get back. GET WELL. Your health is far more important to us than some DVDs and what not.
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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2010, 05:58:55 PM »
Get well first King,this is the priority for now!Music and the rest can wait!We can wait!Hail!

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Re: King Diamond Important Update - December 11th, 2010
« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2010, 07:01:27 PM »
Get well soon, King.  I wish you lots of rest and a speedy recovery.