Jim was discharged from Abbot Northwestern Hospital on Monday after a fifteen day stay following a major heart attack on November 13th. He is now recuperating at his home in Fairfax, MN.
Jim reports that the doctors at Abbot told him his carotid artery was 80% blocked and that blood clots were found in his aorta. A stent was inserted in the artery to help restore blood flow and the clots were removed during surgery, but nonetheless, Jim's heart was seriously damaged in the course of the event. Doctors hope that with a regimen of exercise, diet and targeted drugs they can restore some of the cardiac strength that was lost.
Needless to say, any Fendermen activities with Jim are on hold for the foreseeable future. Jim could really use your prayers and good wishes at this time and would welcome hearing from any of his friends and fans all over the world.
You can contact him directly by mail at his home:
P.O. Box 37
Jim regrets he won't be able to respond to any email or message board posts. He plays guitar like a master, but doesn't do computer...
Updates will be posted as they become available and the website will be revised in the very near future.
Fendermen co-founder Jim Sundquist has been recovering at Abbot Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis since suffering an apparent heart attack on November 13th. Jim's in good spirits, able to walk around a little and has asked his wife Sharrie to bring his trusty Fender Jazzmaster (an acoustic would be too loud) to his room so he can play quietly and not excite the other patients too much. He should be able to go home soon barring any complications.
We will certainly post any more information as it becomes available.
More details here from the February 29, 2008 Minneapolis Star Tribune article by Tom Surowicz:
"My wife, Sharrie, asked me if it was OK for something to appear in the newspaper. I told her, 'This is showbiz! Good news. Bad news. In-between news. It's always good to be in the newspaper when you're booking and running a band." So says Minnesota rockabilly hero Jim Sundquist of the Fendermen, the man behind the 1960 hit "Mule Skinner Blues." He was still going strong until a misdiagnosed staph infection put him in Fairview Southdale Hospital nearly three weeks ago. "His left hand swelled up like a balloon, and it was affecting his heart and lungs -- everything," Sharrie Sundquist said. "He was balancing on the edge." Two surgeries and two blood transfusions later, he's looking forward to physical therapy at Redeemer Health & Rehab Center in Minneapolis, a place he knows well because it's his day gig -- he's an art and music therapist, playing guitar and helping elderly patients do artwork.
More information will be posted as it becomes available. You can contact Jim by mail through the address on the Contact page or post a message in the Guestbook located there (scroll down).
Today, Jim Sundquist, Jim Chuesberg and a revolving group of friends still play 52 weekends a year under the Fendermen moniker, delighting crowds with their effortless recapturing of the original Fendermen spirit, and the sounds of classic country and rock-a-billy.
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