Following his emergency heart valve replacement surgery on May 24th, Days of Our Lives
star James Reynolds spent ten days in the hospital before finally being sent home to his wife, Lissa, to continue his journey to recovery.
Reynolds, who portrays Abe Carver on the daytime series, was suffering from a heart birth defect known as pulmonary valve stenosis. The condition, which occurs in one out of ten children, is characterized by a narrowing of the pulmonary valve, which in turn causes a constriction that compels the heart to pump blood harder through the valve.
In order to help keep fans updated on his health post-surgery, Reynolds and his wife have set up a website (www.jrrecovery.com) which contains blog posts of the actor’s recovery status, as well as assuring messages. On an entry dated June 3rd, the 54 year-old Days of Our Lives star told of the day he found out he needed to undergo surgery, saying, "guess what...I had open heart surgery over my vacation. I could have gone to Hawaii, but nope, surgery for me. What a surprise! I go to the hospital for a test and the doctor strongly suggests I don't go home. It turns out I was born with a deficient valve in my heart. Heck, I had a show to do that weekend. I didn't want to miss it. Sometimes life is bloody inconvenient.”
Reynolds also said that while he was in the Intensive Care Unit, he “looked like some monster from the future with wires and tubes sticking out (his) neck, chest and abdomen.” Although Reynolds knows that recovering from the surgery will take a significant amount of time, he stated that he is “working hard toward it” and that he continues to receive help and support from his wife and son, Jed. However, because of the surgery, Reynolds is expected to spend at least a month away from the Days of Our Lives set.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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