On October 19, 1954, Presley, then a 34 year old mother of two, had her atrial septal defect repaired by Swan. She had a third
child several months after the first anniversary of this life-changing surgery. She sent Swan an update each year on that
anniversary from 1955 to 1995. Presley died in 1996, over 40 years after Swan repaired the defect.
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1979-10-19 (October 19, 1979)
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Letter from Clarabell Presley to Henry Swan (October 19, 1993)
Letter from Clarabell Presley to Henry Swan (October 19, 1989)
Letter from Clarabell Presley to Henry Swan (October 19, 1983)
Letter from Henry Swan to Clarabell Presley (December 12, 1979)
Letter from Henry Swan to Clarabell Presley (November 8, 1974)
Letter from Clarabell Presley to Henry Swan (October 27, 1974)
Letter from Henry Swan to Clarabell Presley (October 26, 1959)
Letter from Clarabell Presley to Henry Swan (October 19, 1959)
Letter from Clarabell Presley to Henry Swan (October 19, 1955)
Once again our anniversary has rolled around, but this is a big one. It is 25 years today since my surgery. Sometimes it seems
like it was only a couple of years ago, but then, I think of all the wonderful living and the full life that is crammed into
the years and it seems like far more than 25 years.
For the first time I can't say that I doing fine and have no problems. Last spring I started having some hypertension.
I was put on Dyozide and my B.P. was pretty well controlled. I really had no problems until Aug 30th when I experienced some
chest pain and nausea, which I didn't associate with my heart. It felt like my clothes were too tight and I definitely
have put on weight through the years. I feel fine the next morning and went on to work as usual. Shortly after lunch I had
the same pain only much more severe. Since I am secretary for the emergency room doctors, went to E.R. and before I knew it
I was in C.C.U. Dr. Richter suggests
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you might be interested in what actually happened, so I ask my doctor (Dr. Stephen Peskoe) for a copy of my records which
are enclosed. Dr. Richter said he would be interest in your opinion as to whether the enlarged R ventrical has any connection
with what happened. I have been home resting for 7 weeks and feel pretty good once again. Monday I am starting back to work
4 hours a day. I don't have any chest pain or pressure and still get an occasional headache from the Nitrol bid[?] paste.
Dr. Richter is retired now but we keep in touch, and I still rely on his adivse[sic]. He ask to be remembered to you, and
was interested in hearing what you are doing these days. Also, we both would like to be remembered to Dr. Blount.
Although I have been showed down recently, I feel its still a great life, and I
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have been blessed with a wonderful family, with 5 of the greatest grandchildren. I still travel a lot, and will be happy to
get back to my job.
I look forward to hearing from you and what's new in your life.
First I thank the good Lord then secondly you for the past 25 years.