Bishop DiMarzio undergoes bypass surgery

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Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn underwent cardiac bypass surgery at a local Catholic hospital June 16.

An update on his condition was posted on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s website on June 19. Auxiliary Bishop Frank Caggiano, Vicar General said in a statement, “Yesterday, Thursday, June 18, Bishop DiMarzio was well enough to leave the Intensive Care Unit and is now resting comfortably in a room. His doctors are very pleased with his recovery. The bishop will remain in the hospital for a few more days, most likely until early next week.”

Bishop Caggiano relayed Bishop DiMarzio’s gratitude for the many prayers, best wishes, and other gestures of support that he has received since news of his impending surgery was released on June 10. He asked that in lieu of flowers, plants or gifts that would be sent to the hospital, office, or residence, that everyone continue to, “…pray for the bishop’s complete recovery from his surgery and a restful time of recuperation in the weeks ahead.”

Before the surgery a press release from the diocese said that the bishop’s doctors have advised him to expect a six- to 10-week period of convalescence.

Three weeks before, it said, artery blockages were discovered following a routine medical exam. Initially, his physician prescribed an out-patient procedure. Upon closer examination, it was determined bypass surgery was necessary to correct the blockages, the release said.

Bishop DiMarzio was ordinary of Camden 1999-2003.