ATLANTA (BP) -- Southern Baptist Bible teacher Henry Blackaby's quadruple bypass surgery "could not have gone better" Tuesday (Sept. 24], and his prospects for future ministry look good, according to a statement from his family.
"The doctor claims he will feel much better once his recovery is complete. Please pray for his recovery and that there will be no complications. He may be transferred home in Atlanta by this weekend," the statement said. "The family cannot thank you enough for your prayers and kind wishes. We believe God has some special tasks remaining for Henry to do and we know he will be eager to undertake them as soon as he is better!"
Blackaby, 78, suffered a heart attack while driving in Atlanta, becoming confused and traveling for 29 hours before police found him Sept. 20 in Tifton, Ga., 150 miles southeast of his home.
In a Facebook update posted to the Blackaby Ministries page Wednesday morning, son Mel Blackaby wrote, "Dad update: off respirator last night. All drainage tubes out already this morning. Being moved to regular bed. Talked to me. Amazing!"
An update on the ministry's website Sept. 25 stated, "Henry has now been removed from the respirator as well as all remaining tubes. He has also been transferred to a normal hospital room. He is still in much pain and on morphine, but recovering well. The Blackabys continue to appreciate prayers for his speedy recovery."
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