Tineke Marburg, Bill Clifton’s wife, reports that he is in the ICU in Bristol Regional Medical Center in Tennessee, to where he was transferred after spending two days in the Beckley Hospital in West Virginia with what she described as “terrible belly pain.”
Surgeons at Bristol performed surgery as a matter of urgency, removing several feet of tangled, knotted intestine that had died. Tineke went on to say that, “They were able to attach the good intestine again,” thankfully. Latest reports indicate that Clifton is intubated with an irregular heartbeat, and experiencing a lot of pain.
All at Bluegrass Today wish Bill a speedy recovery with no further complications.
Those wishing to send cards and letters can do so to his official mailing address:
PO Box 69
Mendota, VA 24270
Keep ‘em comin’ in ….
UPDATE June 2 – We received this message from Tineke this morning:
“[Bill is] still in ICU, but his ventilator is out now, so he is breathing on his own. He has a lot of pain after the surgery, but (luckily) they give him a lot of pain medication, so he is pretty much out of it, and sleeps all the time unless waking up from pain or dry mouth.
He will not be able to have anything to drink even for days maybe, but I can swab his mouth with one of those pink foam things.
This morning I found to my great delight Dale Jett by his bedside (grandson of Bill’s all-time hero AP Carter, great musician in his own right and dear friend), and he will relieve me early tomorrow morning, so I get a good night’s sleep.”