Merle Haggard discharged from hospital following cancer surgery
Sunday, November 9, 2008
– Merle Haggard went home Saturday, five days after having lung surgery in a Bakersfield, Cal. hospital. It was discovered during a previous biopsy that he had non-small cell lung cancer, "which has a far better cure rate than the small (oat) cell cancer," according to a statement released Sunday.
"At this time, tests show that they were able to eliminate the affected tissue when they removed the upper lobe of his right lung. Upon waking up after the surgery, Hag opened his eyes, yodeled and smiled. Haggard's post-operation progress was so rapid and successful he was discharged on Saturday night."
"Due to the surgeon, Dr. Peck, the Tylenol pushers on the fourth floor of the Memorial Hospital, and most of all, my wife Theresa, I'm feeling good...better and better each day," said Haggard. "If not for the love and wisdom of my wife, I might not be around today."
"I'd sure like to know who controls the largest shares of Tylenol. God forbid it be the oil companies."
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