Bio: Bright, H.A. (Serious surgery - 1912)


Contact: Ann Stevens


Surnames: Bright, West, Mayo, Jones 

----Source:  Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.)  Oct 24, 1912 

Bright, H.A. (Serious surgery - 19 Oct 1912) 

H.A. Bright underwent a very serious and delicate surgical operation last Saturday. 

It was determined at the hospital at Rochester, where he has been for a time, that nothing short of this operation could save his life, and the operation was performed just before noon Saturday. 

Ben H. Bright, his son, went there from here, arriving Saturday morning, and his daughter, Mrs. Edna West, was also there and was an attendant at the operation, she being a retired professional nurse.  Mrs. Bright was also there. 

William Mayo, of the Mayo Brothers, performed the operation.  It was found that the affection was just below the outlet opening of the stomach and this was preventing the passage of food.  It was hence found necessary to remove the growth in this passage, which the doctors said would soon have developed into a  cancer.  The removal of this necessitated a new outlet from the stomach, which the doctors made. 

When Ben left there Sunday evening the operation was considered a success and it was believed that Mr. Bright would recover and regain his old time physical vigor and strength.  He walked into the operating room and got onto the operating table himself, and his cheerful and hopeful spirit will have much to do with pulling him through, though he had reached his 78th year, and the operation was on his 77th birthday, the general belief of his friends is that he will get through and reach final recovery, knowing his strong constitution and determined will. 

This is a similar operation to that which R.B. Jones of this city underwent by the same surgeons a number of years ago, and Mr. Jones is now in apparently as good health as he ever was and experiences no inconvenience from his old time trouble.   

As soon as Mr. Bright is able to leave the hospital he will either come [rest of the article is cut off] 



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