UPDATE (May 26, 2016): Drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney is resting comfortably and talking with family members and friends a day after surgery in North Carolina to address potential lung cancer concerns, according to NHRA.com.
In a four-hour surgery performed Wednesday at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in downtown Charlotte, renowned thoracic and cardiac surgeon Dr. Harold Howe removed the upper and middle lobes of Muldowney’s right lung, as well as lymph nodes and a possibly cancerous tumor that was sent for testing.
Drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney has been diagnosed with lung cancer and will undergo surgery at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in downtown Charlotte early Wednesday morning, according to NHRA.com. The surgery is to remove her right lung where a Stage II tumor has grown. Renowned thoracic and cardiac surgeon Dr. Harold Howe will lead the team performing the five-hour-long procedure.
“I urge everyone to keep up with their health and get chest x-rays as often as possible to make sure they are okay,” the 75-year-old Muldowney told NHRA.com. “I’m a fighter, always have been, and I’m going to fight this as best I can with everything I got. Dr. Howe is the #1 guy in the business and he’s as ready as I am to get this thing out of me.
“I’m ready for the pain to stop. It’s been getting worse the last few weeks as they did biopsies and the pre-op stress tests to make sure I was strong enough to have the surgery. Everything is good, so we’re getting it done.”
Good luck with this effort.
Involved, NOT fan, of motorsports, automotive PRODUCTION, historical events…(NY World’s Fair at age 3…drove a fresh Mustang), grew up miles from Watkins Glen International, did the planet collecting vehicles of interest NOW… then simply ones I knew about, and wanted (Hot Wheels…), sanctioned racing classes homologated. Losing friends of racing. Troubled about Shirley. Helped FORM Year One in 1983, to first palletized .
My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. I don’the know her personally, but she is an incredible person! I just want her and her family to know many people wish her the best.