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Our Prayers Are With Kelly

Posted by Adam Pick on February 10th, 2012

Hi everybody,

I just learned that Kelly Nugent, who had aortic and mitral valve surgery on February 3rd, experienced complications and remains in critical condition. I do not know all the details yet. However, I do know that Kelly has been through A LOT and needs our support.

While there is much debate, and even studies, about the power of prayer… I’m a believer. That said, I’m sending Kelly healthy, heart-pumping thoughts right now. I know that Linda, Mitch, Anne, Deb, Jane and Sheila – her Heart Valve Journals buddies – are probably doing the same. If you could offer Kelly a prayer, I imagine Kelly and her family would greatly appreciate it.

Keep on tickin’ Kelly!

Adam Pick
Written by Adam Pick A dad, a husband and a patient, Adam Pick founded this website in 2006 to educate you about heart valve surgery from diagnosis to recovery.
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Carol says on February 10th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I have “stormed heaven” with prayers for Kelly and will light a candle for her this weekend in my parish.


Roberta says on February 10th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I am so sorry to hear this news. Kelly will be at the top of my prayer list. Godspeed Kelly.


Linda says on February 10th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Thanks Adam for keeping us updated about Kelly. Our prayers are with her always.


Cindy says on February 10th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Prayers coming from here in CA for Kelly. Feb. 3rd ’09 was my surgery date … praying Kelly will respond to treatment & be well soon. Lighting a candle now …


Pat says on February 10th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Sorry to hear about Kelly. She will be in my thoughts and prayers.


Donald Henry says on February 10th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Kelly will definitely be in my prayers. I am 2 months post op for my second aorta valve replacement in less than 12 years and this surgery was much worse than the first one. I had an infection get into my blood stream and attacked my tissue valve, so I had to have it replaced in an emergency and then had to go through 6 weeks of IV antibiotics 24-7. My heart is now in atrial fibrillation, so the doctors are trying to get it back into rhythm. You usually hear mostly about success stories in valve surgery ,but things can go wrong. Kelly has a lot of folks praying for her.



Cindy says on February 10th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Prayers to you too Don that they get you back into rhythm & no more infections!


Donald Henry says on February 10th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

For those who have a prosethic valve, please be aware that if you get an infection in your blood stream and this could happen at the dentist office, the dermatologist office, or even at the orthopedic surgeon’s office, that this infectioin ( endocarditis) will attack your tissue valve and you will need it replaced immediately and will have to undergo agressive antibotic treatments. It happened to me and I had my bovine aorta valve replaced Nov 30 and underwent 6 weeks of IV antibiotics and now my heart is in A-fib, so be cautious.


Duane Hunt says on February 10th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I too am a believer and will be praying for Kelly. Thanks for sharing this with our community, Adam.


Georgia Thiemann says on February 10th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Kelly and family,

My prayers are with you for a quick and complete recovery.



Carla says on February 11th, 2012 at 9:41 am

Will be praying for Kelly and for those who are caring for her and believing in the One who hears our prayers. Thanks for letting us know Adam.


Grace Jacobs says on February 11th, 2012 at 10:52 am

Dear Kelly,

My thoughts are with you and offer a message of comfort, faith, and courage. Here’s to a successful recovery and brighter tomorrow.

With deep understanding,




Georgia Young says on February 11th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Dear Kelly,

I have followed your journey and have been waiting for an update. Know that you are in my prayers and thoughts.

Love, Georgia


Mary Ferraro says on February 11th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Praying everyday for Kelly. From what she has written, she sounds like a tuff/strong woman and I know she will fight back to heal from this set-back with the help of all our prayers and the love of her family and friends being there or her. Thanks Adam for keeping us informed.


rishi says on February 12th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I pray to god for speedy recovery and to bring normal condition. god is great.


adriana says on February 14th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Angels and light your way Kelly


Georgia Young says on February 14th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Dear Kelly,

I hope you will be reading these prayers being said for you soon.

Love, Georgia


Rob says on February 14th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

My thoughts and prayers for healing are with Kelly. -Rob R


Roberta says on February 21st, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Continuing prayers for Kelly and hoping to receive an update on her soon.


fran says on February 22nd, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Prayers continue for you Kelly. Could someone in Kelly’s family please update us who are so concerned? Thank you.


Mary Ferraro says on February 23rd, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Robert and I are still praying for Kelly and her family everyday…


Fran Walsh says on February 24th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I’m still praying for Kelly and her family.


Adam Pick says on February 25th, 2012 at 9:35 am

Hi everybody,

Thanks for all of your emails regarding Kelly. Unfortunately, Kelly has been on a roller coaster. Some good days and some bad days.

I have been following Kelly’s condition on her Facebook page where Katrina Macias has been providing regular updates.

The last update read, “Kelly is doing ok today, she is stable. They do not know when they will try to do her [next] surgery.”

If you would like to visit Kelly at Facebook, please click

Please keep Kelly in your prayers!



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