Written by Rick's daughter- (our cousin)
Surgery was about as quick & clean as possible. The left kidney did have a large tumor in it and they removed the entire thing. There was no cancer anywhere else. There will be check ups for 2 years to be sure the cancer doesn't return, but the doctors believe it is gone and there will be no further problems, no chemo necessary. My mom said there were 3 or 4 doctors in the surgery including their good friend Dr. Webb (whom God seems to have given an awareness that my dad had something wrong with him over a month ago). Dr. Webb said the 2 main surgeons were the best of the best & were better than if my dad even went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He said they worked well together & smoothly - almost better than any other surgeons he had ever seen.
The surgery was over at about 9am in their time zone. And then the doctors talked to my mom & Nikki for nearly 1 hour describing the whole thing. Dr. Webb had taken my mom's digital camera in & took photos of the surgery & the tumor/kidney. My mom said the tumor was just ugly. They think it had been growing up to 4 years. When they reported the good news, my mom said her friend Kari Webb (Dr. Webb's wife) just wept. She had known that Dr. Webb had been concerned for dad for quite some time and she was relieved at the good news.
I sure thank God for all the good friends He brings my mom & dad wherever they are. Thank you so much for your prayers. We praise God for His answers to your/our prayers. Please pass this info on to anyone who would be concerned that I missed... Love, Vonda