Betsey Johnson to undergo open heart surgery

Ageless fashion icon Betsey Johnson will undergo open heart surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday (04Apr19). The designer decided to go public with her operation after learning Mick Jagger is having heart surgery in New York. A breast cancer survivor, B…

Ageless fashion icon Betsey Johnson will undergo open heart surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday (04Apr19).

The designer decided to go public with her operation after learning Mick Jagger is having heart surgery in New York.

A breast cancer survivor, Betsey tells WWD.com, “To me, open heart surgery means they have to get the saw out. They can’t go through veins and arteries. For this, they have to cut me open…

“They said my aorta is the size of a 300-pound guy, but the walls are very thin. This little one-inch accordion gizmo is being thrown in and they will remove my aorta. They say it really works and my doctor has done a million of these procedures.”

And she owes the husband of a big fan thanks for setting her up with one of the best heart surgeons in California after she suffered a series of “baby seizures”.

“His wife is an ex-Betsey punk rock ‘n’ roll dresser of mine,” she says of the guy behind her operation. “I never stop running into girlfriends, fans and supporters.”

Meanwhile Johnson is going into the surgery a little cautious, because her mother died from an operation over four decades ago.

“That was so long ago and there was a glitch in the testing,” the designer explains. “They have done so much testing on me… You have to be one of the lucky ones to get one of these insanely precise robots to assist your doctor.

“(And) if anything goes whoops, I am very, very happy to have lived a wonderful life, full of love and support… I’m happy to think and to know that, ‘Boy, I’ve had a great lucky life just filled with the best – family, friends, work, everything.”

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