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Schroeder Receives Country-Music Album, Visit from Tanya Tucker

January 12, 1985

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Artificial heart recipient William Schroeder, a country music fan, received a visit, an album and flowers from Tanya Tucker, hospital officials said Saturday.

The country singer and her father visited Schroeder Friday during his physical therapy session, said Humana Hospitals Audubon spokeswoman Linda Broaddus.

Ms. Tucker, famed for her hits ″Delta Dawn″ and ″Can I See You Tonight,″ reportedly was in Louisville for the re-opening of a downtown hotel.

″I’m sure he was very pleased,″ Ms. Broaddus said. ″He is a country- wester n music fan and a sports fan.″

Dr. William DeVries, the surgeon who led the team implanting Schroeder’s mechanical heart Nov. 25, also received an album from Ms. Tucker.

DeVries also planned to stop by Schroeder’s hospital room to watch telivised basketball Saturday afternoon, Ms. Broaddus said. The patient also expected visits from his family.

Schroeder, who remains in satisfactory condition with good vital signs, was to continue over the weekend with his daily regimen of therapy sessions.

He has been undergoing speech, occupational and physical therapy to help him recover from three small strokes he suffered Dec. 13.

During Friday’s afternoon session of physical therapy, Schroeder rode an exercise bicycle for 20 minutes, Ms. Broaddus said. From his private room, he pushed the Utahdrive that powers his artificial organ down the hall, into the elevator, to the therapy room, and then repeated the process after the session.

″This is an indication he is much stronger,″ Ms. Broaddus said.

Schroeder’s endurance has built up to a level that permits him to walk the equivalent of two blocks a day along the hospital halls.

The 52-year-old Jasper, Ind., man also has slimmed down from the 200 pounds he weighed at one point after the implant to 183 pounds, hospital officials said. Doctors attribute some of the weight loss to water loss common after surgery.

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