Donalevy's Prognosis is Excellent

RICHMOND, Va. (March 13, 1998) W.C. "Junie" Donlavey, who recently underwent open-heart surgery at Chippenham Medical Center in Richmond, Va., is resting comfortably and his prognosis is excellent, according to hospital officials. ...

RICHMOND, Va. (March 13, 1998) W.C. "Junie" Donlavey, who recently underwent open-heart surgery at Chippenham Medical Center in Richmond, Va., is resting comfortably and his prognosis is excellent, according to hospital officials.

Donlavey, 73, is the owner of the Heilig-Meyers Ford Taurus driven by Dick Trickle on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Donlavey is in the Progressive Care Unit at Chippenham. Barring unexpected complications, he may be discharged as early as next week. Heart surgery patients are typically able to resume normal activities after a convalescent period of 4-6 weeks.

The popular car owner had been suffering from coronary artery disease and a leaky aortic heart valve. On Tuesday, an aortic valve root replacement was performed on Donlavey by Thomas D. Christopher, M.D., a cardio-thoracic surgeon. A two-vessel coronary artery bypass graft was also performed. According to Christopher, Donlavey's progress to date is encouraging.

Donlavey checked into the hospital on Monday for the surgery. He had been resting at home since Feb. 25 after a heart catheterization on Feb. 24 at Chippenham.

Trickle finished sixth, after qualifying third, in the PRIMESTAR 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Monday in Donlavey's Heilig-Meyers Ford Taurus. Trickle is tied for 19th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series points standings.

Of the 65 drivers who have piloted in Donlavey-owned cars, 13 were among the 50 Greatest Drivers named by NASCAR in February.

Source: NASCAR Online

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