Folk musician Doc Watson still in critical condition

Folk musician Doc Watson still in critical condition

Nogales : AZ : USA | May 28, 2012 at 5:09 AM PDT
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Famous Grammy-winning folk musician Doc Watson is still in critical condition after undergoing colon surgery at a North Carolina hospital. The hospital spokesman on Sunday revealed that Doc Watson’s condition had not normalized and he remained in critical condition.

According to his manager, Mitch Greenhill, Doc Watson underwent surgery to ease the blockade in his colon. Doc Watson, for quite some time, had been complaining about the problem and thus the doctors decided to remove the blockade through surgery.

“His condition remains critical but he’s better,” Mr. Greenhill said, according to a blog post of New York Times. “He’s in the intensive care unit and he’s probably going to be there for a while.”

Doc Watson, 89, became ill at his home in deep Gap last week. He was then taken to the nearby hospital, but the doctors there advised his family and manager that he needed a surgery. Watson was then brought to the Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, where the surgery took place on Thursday.

While talking to the Associated Press, Watson’s granddaughter, Nancy, said that 89-year-old Watson fell on Monday but he did not break any bones.

The blind Singer and professional guitarist has, for many years, entertained his fans all over the world. He has won several Grammys and other awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Medal of the Arts.

Doc Watson's wife, RosaLee, is over 60 years of age. She has been in a nursing home since last year, Nancy Watson told. The two married when she was 15 and he was 23. "She saw what little good there was in me and there was little," Watson said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2000. "I'm awful glad she cared about me, and I'm awful glad she married me."

Watson also founded Merle fest, a yearly gathering of famous musicians in North Wilkesboro and named it after his late son, who had died in a tractor incident in 1985. Watson’s son was also a musician.

Wayne Martin, executive director of the North Carolina Arts Council, said Watson takes southern Appalachian forms of music, such as ballad singing, old-time string music and bluegrass, and makes them accessible.

"He takes old music and puts his own creativity on it," Martin said, according to a report by ABC News. "It retained its core, yet it felt relevant to people today."

Doc Watson’s granddaughter, Nancy, asked all his fans to pray for his swift recovery.

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