A Special Update from Fr. Frank Pavone

April 20, 2021

I want to share with our Priests for Life Family today an update on a surgery I am scheduled to have on May 11th.

In the course of my routine annual physical exam recently, my doctor found evidence of “mitral valve regurgitation,” whereby a valve in the heart leaks some of the blood back into the chamber from which it came.

Subsequently, my cardiologist confirmed that there is damage to the valve (called “flail leaflet”) that needs to be repaired. This is due to a congenital condition.

I would have never known this, because I feel great and have no symptoms whatsoever.

But the valve needs to be repaired, lest it cause further damage. The prognosis is excellent; once the surgery and several weeks of recovery are complete, I am expected to resume the full range of my normal activities.

Even through the weeks of my recovery, I’ll be communicating regularly with my team and with you. To use an apt analogy, Priests for Life will not skip a beat.

You’ll be able to find updates here at FrFrankPavone.org and on all my social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Parler.

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 am happy to share with you this statement from my cardiologist.

Statement from Dr. Brian K Dublin, M.D.

Father Pavone has mitral valve disease that will require surgical repair. He is tentatively scheduled for a mitral valve repair with an expert cardiothoracic surgeon. The technique for the surgery has been refined over decades and he is expected to make a full recovery. Eventually his functional capacity should improve above his current baseline.

Thanks in advance for all the prayers and good wishes, and for being part of the Priests for Life Family!

Fr. Frank Pavone

National Director, Priests for Life




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