Good news!!! My father made it through the surgeries!
Both procedures took a total of three hours (much less than we had originally been told to expect.).
After the surgeries, they transferred him to ICU where we able to see him for a short time.
They had connected him to a breathing tube during the surgery, and kept it in during the night while he was sedated in order to help him breathe.
He had a good night according to the ICU nurse, and my sister was with him this morning when they removed the tube in order to have him breathe on his own. My father was awake and alert for this.
After they removed the tube, my father looked at my sister. He smiled and said to her; “I made it!”
As you can imagine, we are very relieved and very happy, but, we’re not quite out of the woods as yet. The doctors told us that the next couple of days are critical, as they will be closely monitoring my father to make sure that the procedures “took” and that his body won’t reject what they did.
Things are looking promising, but, I would sure appreciate everyone keeping him (and us) in your thoughts and prayers for a few more days.