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Larry Wilson, of Perham, went through open heart surgery earlier this year, and received seven blood transfusions — which helped to save his life. JOE BOWEN/FORUM NEWS SERVICE

Surgeries, blood donations save Perham man’s life

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PERHAM — Doctors told Larry Wilson that he would have about a year left to live unless he underwent surgery to replace two valves in his heart.

The subsequent open heart surgery he underwent on Feb. 7 replaced his aortic and tricuspid valves, which had slowly degraded over time, Wilson said, resulting in chronic shortness of breath and a lack of stamina, among other symptoms.

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