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Jacoben may come home for Christmas

Sheila Gardner

State Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen – recovering from quintuple heart bypass surgery performed less than a week ago – may be home for Christmas.

“The doctors said he’s a day ahead of schedule,” said his son, Bruce Jacobsen. “He’s up and walking. Everything is gone extremely smoothly – from the operation to the recovery.”

He said his father may be released from the hospital Tuesday or today.

Bruce Jacobsen said prior to the surgery, his 76-year-old father had been experiencing pressure in his chest and a little pain down his left arm.

“That’s a good indication something’s not right,” Bruce said. “He had an angiogram and thought everything would be treated with medication, but the doctor said, ‘we’ll see you in the hospital.'”

The 5-1/2-hour quintuple bypass was performed at Washoe Medical Center on Thursday. By Monday, Jacobsen was up and walking around.

“My dad said all the pain in his chest is gone. The only thing that hurts is his leg where they had to take out a vein for his heart. He has a huge scar almost the length of his leg.”

Bruce Jacobsen said his father is getting a lot of sleep and working up to moderate exercise.

“He’s doing some walking, but he can’t lift anything. Right now, he’s taking life easy, but he’s due,” said Bruce. “He’s been getting all kinds of cards, and plants everyone wants to know what’s going on. The outpouring of affection for him has been wonderful.”

Jacobsen said two years ago the family spent New Year’s Eve with his father in the emergency room at Carson Tahoe-Hospital for high pressure.

“There’s been an indication now for a couple of years,” said Bruce Jacobsen. “Thank God, he never had a heart attack.”

The Minden Republican has served in the Legislature longer than any lawmaker in Nevada history. He was elected to the state Assembly in 1962, serving until 1978. He represents Douglas County and parts of Carson City, Lyon and Washoe counties.

He has not indicated whether he will seek re-election.

A Douglas County native, Jacobsen served in the U.S. Navy during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

He is also a member of the Douglas County Engine Co.