Sunday, 12 June 2011

Jan Johansson making good progress

Thanks to Richard F Thompson (GB), who reports:

In the past we have reported about Jan Johansson’s poor health.

We are delighted to note that Swedish fiddle player Jan Johansson [left], now living in Cary, North Carolina, had a heart transplant at the Chapel Hill Medical Center, on 20 March. Johansson was hospitalised until the middle of April and since then he has made good progress in his efforts to return to more normal health.

His programmed rehabilitation has repeatedly shown positive signs. Matching his medical improvements, Johansson has enjoyed morale-boosting activities such as playing his fiddle, returning to teaching and, better still, playing at concerts.

Johansson, now 53, has suffered from heart-related problems for many years, beginning with a massive heart attack at the young age of 36. In 1999 he underwent triple bypass surgery, and in 2005 he had a pacemaker installed. In 2008 he was diagnosed as needing a heart transplant, and in February 2010 he had a heart pump implant.

The Circle of Friends for Jan Johansson has arranged another benefit concert to take place on Saturday 18 June, from 1.00 to 7.00 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina. The concert is an opportunity to celebrate Johansson's heart transplant and return to good health, and to raise funds to help defray the family's medical expenses.

The Circle of Friends for Jan Johansson are again partnering with the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT), which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The bands and organizers donate their time. All money raised goes to the NFT to support the Johansson family. For those unable to attend the concert, donations to Johansson can be made on the NFT website, or by mailing them to: National Foundation for Transplants, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, Tennessee 38119, USA. Please write on your check 'For Jan Johansson'.

Further details are on the NFT 'Recent news' page.