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    Posted: September 01 2009 at 14:25
Many of our old heroes are getting old now...

Learned from the Facebook profile of Ken Westphal that Kerry suffered a stroke this morning. Latest status update: He's out of surgery and sleeping, two blood clots removed.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2009 at 14:35
How horrible. Thoughts and prayers in the direction of Topeka, KS.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2009 at 14:41
Thanks for the news, Olav.  Here's hoping for a swift recovery for this compositional legend and Christ-lover.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2009 at 15:06
Sorry to hear about that.  Being an amature guitar and keyboard player he was a big inspiration to me before I took them up. 

All the best Kerry!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2009 at 16:15
The latest:

The latest Kerry update from Cheri, his sister in-law: He is beginning to wake up and has a few family member visitors. He is able to acknowledge their presence but has not spoken yet. It is still early and he is still heavily medicated. Keep up the prayers!!!! We will hopefully know more later on this evening! The nurses say he is doing really well considering the stroke he had, so the prayers are helping.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2009 at 16:20
Having lost my dad to a stroke, I am happy to hear that Kerry is doing better. I really hope he will fully recover from this bad experience. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2009 at 16:58
I wish him a speedy recovery.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2009 at 17:08
What terrible news, hope he gets well soon
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2009 at 04:09
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from Emalie Hunt, Kerry Livgren's sister regarding his stroke: "He seemed to acknowledge visitors and he was able to "tenderly" grip my finger. Please pray specifically for healing in the area of the brain most effected which ...would be his communication. He is safe in the hands of the Healer...we don't always know what our future here holds, but we know Who holds our future."

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2009 at 05:01
My thoughts and prayers are with him as well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2009 at 07:30
Hold on, Kerry, you've still got to rock on... and plenty!
 
My prayers and thoughts are with you.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2009 at 08:40
Update:

update from our friend John Bowes on Kerry's condition: Talked with Vicci this morning, they are encouraged that Kerry does not appear to have any "sagging of the face"....the area of the brain which had the clot deals with the language/high-end skills... they are praying there is little damage to the area. A CAT-scan is scheduled for later today....


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2009 at 08:43
My thoughts are with Kerry for a fully and speedy recovery.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2009 at 09:20

Same here. My prayers are with him. 

Thanx to Olav for bringing this to my attention through PA. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2009 at 11:40
Thank you for the updates, I really appreciate it!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2009 at 18:58

the latest from Jake Livgren: "Kerry is resting and recovering from the whole ordeal. He has recognized people in the brief time he's been awake, but he still hasn't talked and is sleeping most of the time. Everyone here is very grate...ful for the concerns you all are showing. More to come...."

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2009 at 20:03
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 03 2009 at 00:03

From what I read Kerry's son posted he is trying to say sentences although right now they are understandably gibberish for the most part.  These things take time.  I understand it is on the right side of his brain. Just keep the prayers coming for him.

 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 03 2009 at 02:37
Another update:

The latest update from Emalie: "Most recent update (7:15) on my brother Kerry...He is doing a lot better. He is able to move around albeit slowly in the bed. He is starting to acknowledge what people are saying to him and he is also trying to speak. Vicki said that he got out "I need...". Apparently he couldn't form the rest of the thought but we know he is thinking. Keep praying! It's working!!"


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 03 2009 at 14:41
wow what a horrible news and very glad that he doing better.
 His music with Kansas had brought me so much happiness into my life. What the world would of been without those wonderful lyrics he wrote? what world of prog would be if Kansas would of never existed?Cry
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