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Sheriff on road to recovery

Bob White is recovering at home after surgery. He says he'll return to the office by next week.

By THOMAS LAKE
Published February 7, 2007


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TRINITY - Sheriff Bob White is recovering at home after surgery to open a blocked coronary artery, he told the St. Petersburg Times by telephone Tuesday. He expects to return to the office Monday.

White, 56, said he woke up early Thursday morning with pressure in his throat and chest. He went to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point a few hours later, where doctors discovered the blockage.

That afternoon, White said, Dr. Rao Musunuru installed a stent to hold open the artery. The surgery involved the insertion of a catheter into an artery in his right leg. White was still in the hospital the next day when he felt pain in his leg.

It turned out the artery had been nicked when the catheter went in, causing bleeding, he said. White said this was a common risk for such procedures. The artery was stitched up without incident.

White left the hospital on Sunday. He is working from home this week - writing letters, approving documents and the like. He said he has no history of heart trouble and does not expect the surgery to limit his physical activity.

"I feel great," he said.

Thomas Lake can be reached at tlake@sptimes.com or 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6245.

[Last modified February 6, 2007, 22:47:37]


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