Hanson trio's Isaac undergoes surgery
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Friday, October 05, 2007
Isaac Hanson underwent life-saving surgery in a
Dallas hospital Thursday for a pulmonary embolism
-- a blood clot that traveled to a lung -- his publicist
The 26-year-old guitarist for the band Hanson was
taken to Baylor University Medical Center early
Wednesday after a Tuesday performance at the Dallas House of Blues. The show was part of the three
Tulsa brothers' band's nationwide "The Walk" tour.
He was complaining of severe chest and shoulder
pain, Hanson publicist Ken Phillips said.
Wednesday afternoon, in an exclusive interview
with the Tulsa World, Zac Hanson said a blood clot
had lodged in his brother's arm.
"This isn't the first time this has happened," he
said. "Both times, he realized what was happening.
He caught it early. . . . He'll be fine."
Phillips released a statement Thursday evening,
saying Isaac Hanson's surgery was for a form of pulmonary embolism known as venous thoracic outlet syndrome -- or "Paget-Schroeder syndrome."
The disease normally affects athletes whose upper-body muscle development
constricts the arteries from the heart and causes potentially fatal blood clots in the
lungs, he said.
Isaac Hanson's surgeon, Dr.
Bradley Grimsley, expects
him to make a full and swift recovery, Phillips said.
He is expected to be released from the hospital Friday, and the band will resume
touring on Monday in Knoxville, Tenn., he said.
At a public walk led by the
trio's two younger brothers
Wednesday in Tulsa to raise
awareness of AIDS and poverty in Africa, Taylor Hanson described blood clots as an "occupational hazard" of being on
Zac Hanson noted that "a
pulmonary embolism can kill
you. . . . We're in a holding
pattern until Isaac is better."
The band's agents and promoters are working on rescheduling the canceled tour
dates in Tulsa, St. Louis and
Kansas City, Mo., and Phillips
said announcements regarding possible make-up dates
will be made as soon as possible.
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guitarist for the
band Hanson is
expected to make a
full and swift
recovery and is
expected to be
released from a