Columbus attorney and former mayor Frank Martin, who suffered a minor stroke last Friday, had successful surgery to clear a blocked artery in his neck Tuesday morning, his son and law partner said.
“At approximately 7 this morning, he had a vascular surgical procedure called a carotid endarterectomy that removed plaque from the lining of the carotid artery, which was 70 percent blocked,” John Martin said. “The procedure was a success and he is resting back in his room in the CCU.”
Dr. Belk Brooks performed the surgery.
The younger Martin said his father was “weak and groggy from the anesthesia, but fully coherent.” He also said his father suffered no speech or neurological impairments and that he had regained 85 percent of the use of his right side.
“The doctors are hopeful he can make a full 100 percent recovery,” Martin said.
Martin also expressed his family’s appreciation for support Columbus has shown for his father.