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Team Sleep’s Todd Wilkinson Recovering From Open Heart Surgery


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Todd Wilkinson, guitarist of the Chino Moreno-fronted Team Sleep underwent open heart surgery earlier this month and is currently recovering from it. He commented on September 05th of that surgery:

“I got an infection when they cut my umbilical cord right after I was born. The infection went into my blood and I almost died. They said that I might not walk because the infection affected the bone in my left leg. It also damaged my heart.

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Yesterday I had open heart surgery to repair my aortic valve and aorta. It was planned for a while. The doctors said that for basically my whole life my aortic valve has been leaking and the blood flow has been really inefficient. I think one of the doctors said that it’s been pumping at about 70% of capacity.

It’s hard to tell if this has been affecting me because I always think that if I’m tired or winded, I just need to try harder. Obviously I’m in pain and the recovery will be tough. They said that it will take 4-6 weeks before I can go back to work and about 3-5 months until I can be rigorously active, at which time I look forward to showing off my scar, surfing, and busting your ass at basketball if you step up. 💔❤️”

He has since revealed that he was discharged from the hospital around a week ago and that the surgery appears to have been a success.

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I got an infection when they cut my umbilical cord right after I was born. The infection went into my blood and I almost died. They said that I might not walk because the infection affected the bone in my left leg. It also damaged my heart. Yesterday I had open heart surgery to repair my aortic valve and aorta. It was planned for a while. The doctors said that for basically my whole life my aortic valve has been leaking and the blood flow has been really inefficient. I think one of the doctors said that it’s been pumping at about 70% of capacity. It’s hard to tell if this has been affecting me because I always think that if I’m tired or winded, I just need to try harder. Obviously I’m in pain and the recovery will be tough. They said that it will take 4-6 weeks before I can go back to work and about 3-5 months until I can be rigorously active, at which time I look forward to showing off my scar, surfing, and busting your ass at basketball if you step up. 💔❤️

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