Evangelist Franklin Graham undergoes successful heart surgery at Mayo Clinic

World-renowned evangelist and philanthropic giant Franklin Graham – also a stalwart supporter of former President Donald Trump – underwent successful heart surgery Monday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, according to Fox News.

A statement from Graham spokesperson Mark Barber revealed that “In recent months, Franklin had developed constrictive pericarditis, inflammation, and hardening of the sac around the heart that compresses the heart and prevents it from working properly,” adding, “the surgery involved removing the pericardium.”

The spokesperson also noted that Graham’s physicians are predicting a full recovery that will enable him to resume a normal schedule of ministry and charitable works.

“Mr Graham said that he is looking forward to multiple opportunities across the globe in 2022 to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and invite people to put their faith in him. He is also eager to resume riding his motorcycle by springtime,” Barder added.

Graham, 69, serves as the president of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as well as global charitable organization Samaritan’s Purse, according to ABC News, and has led those organizations for decades.

Information from the Cleveland Clinic indicates that the procedure performed on Graham, known as a pericardectomy, involves the surgical removal of a portion or all of the double-walled membrane sac that surrounds the heart.

Such an operation is typically done in patients suffering from a condition known as constrictive pericarditis, a state in which the pericardium becomes stiffened due to calcification and thus prevents proper functioning of the heart and causes swelling and symptoms of heart failure.

Fortunately for Graham, the pericardium is not required for proper heart function, and because patients for whom this type of procedure is indicated, the pericardium has already lost its ability to work property, and its absence, therefore, does not result in any worsening of their condition.

Millions of Graham’s followers were undoubtedly relieved to learn of the success of his procedure and legions of the faithful will surely continue to lift him up in prayer throughout his period of recuperation.