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Stu Hart to undergo surgery
FANS PEN STU ... Members and friends of the Hart family gather around patriarch Stu Hart -- home from hospital for a visit yesterday -- and more than 1,000 get-well messages from all over the world. Ellie Neidhart, Georgia Hart, Helen Hart with husband Stu, Neil Grandmaison, Diana Hart, Jackie Eum, Ross Hart and Harry Smith. -- Stuart Dryden, Calgary Sun
The legendary Stu Hart, having spent the last month fighting ill health, has been told that he will need to undergo surgery to install a pacemaker to regulate his heartbeat.

Stu, who turns 86 next week, was first taken to hospital two weeks ago after a prolonged period of ill health. Doctors quickly discovered that he was suffering from pneumonia, and needed fluid drained from around his lungs and heart. The procedure kept him in Calgary's Rockyview hospital for almost two weeks.

He was released from the hospital on Monday morning, only under the provision that he bring oxygen tanks home to aid his breathing, which has caused him considerable difficulty. Now it is known that he will have to return to hospital in the upcoming days. Doctors hope that a pacemaker will correct his irregular heartbeat, which has resulted in serious medical complications.

Stu thanked all the fans who sent in their well wishes in the last several weeks at his home on Monday, where a photographer from the Calgary Herald took shots of the humbled wrestling icon. Stu, his wife Helen and many of their twelve children have spent the last several days working through letters from eighteen countries all over the world. It has made a genuinely profound difference to their outlook. "I had no idea that people knew I was in hospital," Stu admitted. "It's... heartwarming."

Stu has anxiously delved into a fresh batch of letters every day for the last week, and there's still hundreds more he hasn't gotten to.

"The fans have made a great difference to my dad," said Ellie Hart. "I don't think any of us realized just how many people care."

New photos of Stu are now available on StampedeWrestling.com

-- Blake Norton, Stampede Wrestling.

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