Christian leader Voddie Baucham has successfully undergone surgery to fix a potentially lethal heart condition and is expected to make a full recovery, according to recent update posted to Facebook.
Also, on an update on Baucham’s GoFundMe page, the pastor, author, and professor said that Mayo Clinic doctors suspect his heart failure resulted from an irregular heartbeat, or “arrhythmia.”
“This is good news because the procedure I underwent is designed to eliminate such arrhythmias, this allowing my heart to recover and remodel,” Baucham said. “In other words, I am not expected to stay on the heart failure track (which ultimately leads to transplant) but regain full heart health.”
On Feb. 25, doctors performed heart surgery on Baucham to fix two arrhythmia-related problems, Baucham said.
He is currently resting at home in the Jacksonville, Florida area and will remain there for the next few weeks so doctors can monitor his condition.
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“We have been amazed, Bridget and I both, and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support and prayers from people all over the world. Thank you. It meant more than you could possibly know,” Baucham said in the Facebook video.
Jacksonville Mayo Clinic cost estimation tools indicate that most heart arrhythmia cures cost no more than $212,000. Heart transplants, however, are very expensive and can exceed $1.5 million. To date, Baucham, who is uninsured, has received more than $1.4 million in donations.
“We thank God for a very successful surgical procedure yesterday. Everything went perfectly, and, Lord willing, I should make a full recovery,” Baucham said on GoFundMe. “Of course, time will tell if they fixed it all, and I will be monitored closely for the next few months. But we are hopeful.”
Jackson Elliott is a Christian journalist trained at Northwestern University. He has worked at The Daily Signal, The Inlander, and The Christian Post, covering topics ranging from D.C. politics to prison ministry. His interests include the Bible, philosophy, theology, Russian literature, and Irish music.