Doc Watson Health Update

Doc Watson - photo by Allen Aycock For The Washington PostBluegrass and folk music icon Doc Watson is undergoing micro-surgery today at Duke Hospital in Durham, NC.

Doc is a beloved fixture of this music and his doctors feel his health is very good for his advanced age of 85. Please remember him in your prayers and picking today as he has this surgery.

Jack Lawrence gives us the details.

There is a very small spot in the center lobe of his right lung that will be removed. It has not spread so the prognosis is very good and no radiation or chemo will be required. The micro-surgery is much less invasive than the standard procedure so he should be out of the hospital about three days afer the procedure. He’s in good spirits, but understandably ready to have it over. His GP told the surgeons that he had an 85 year old man with the body of a 50 year old that needed surgery. Of course, Doc loved that! The surgeons agreed and decided that Doc would come through this just fine.

If anyone wishes to send Doc a card or letter of encouragement, please send them to us at the following address and we will forward them to Doc.

Bluegrass Today
P.O. Box 1069
Pulaski, VA 24301

  • drtombibey

    Hey to Bluegrass Today, Doc and Jack Lawrence,

    Here’s to a speedy recovery for Doc. As a Doc myself, I find Doc’s Doc is right on. I might add that not only is Doc Watson an 85 year old with the body of a 50 year old, but also has the brain of a 35 year old, and a spirit and soul that are timeless.

    Get well soon, Doc. All the best.

    Dr. Tom Bibey

  • darylb

    i first saw doc in the 70’s and had taken my sister who wanted to see him to a small coffee house near us. i had never heard of him. when i left i never forgot who he was. i have seen him several times over the years and every song was the best. my heart is sad over his health but we will always have his music. bless you doc watson