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Ginger Baker on the Mend Following Heart Surgery


Cream drummer Ginger Baker is recovering from heart surgery, after undergoing a procedure to correct a condition first diagnosed in February. As reported by London’s Daily Mirror, the ailment was discovered when Baker sought treatment for a fall. Regarding the surgery,

Baker’s daughter, Leda Baker, wrote on his website, “He called the day after his surgery to say he was OK. Albeit a rather disoriented and unintelligible conversation he was at least awake and aware. The fall has resulted in swollen legs and feet which he is seeing his doctor about in the next day or so.”

The unspecified heart ailment forced Baker to cancel a tour earlier this year. At the time, the drummer wrote, “Just seen doctor … big shock … no more gigs for this old drummer … everything is off … of all things I never thought it would be my heart.” An eventual return to the stage is likely, but Baker’s daughter cautions that his recovery might take a while. “Although he is recovering,” she wrote, “any performances in the near future seem overambitious.”

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