Aubrey Holt back home

Aubrey Holt - photo by Ted LehmannBluegrass legend Aubrey Holt is back home after a brief hospitalization to treat his congestive heart failure. He was kept in the hospital longer than expected, owing to the large amount of fluid that had built up around his heart, and how slowly it was being drained.

He was able to avoid dialysis, and will need to stay on medication. The doctors also discovered that there was some paralysis in his diaphragm, owing to open heart surgury about 14 years ago, that has contributed to his shortness of breath. Aubrey is also being followed for sleep apnea as a contributing factor to the fluid build-up.

In-home health care will be provided in the near term to ensure that progress is continuing, and that all necessary medications are provided.

The family reports that he slept most of the first day home, as he had reported difficulty resting in the hospital.

Holt was a member of the Boys From Indiana, a seminal contemporary bluegrass band that performed widely in the 1970s and ’80s, along with his brothers Jerry and Tommy, plus Paul Mullins, Harley Gabbard, and Noah Crase. He had been singing of late with his son, Tony Holt, and his Wildwood Valley Boys.

Let’s hope for more positive reports on his health going forward.

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