Newly elected River Forest Village Trustee Patty Henek should be released from Loyola University Medical Center this week following surgery to repair a heart condition she’s had since childhood.

The 49-year-old Henek went in for surgery on May 11, just three days after she was sworn in as trustee. The procedure was successful and on Sunday her husband, John, told Wednesday Journal that she was out of intensive care and recovering quickly. 

A full recovery is anticipated, he said.

“We had a good prognosis from the start,” John Henek said. “She’s conscious, lucid, talking. Everything is great. 

“The repair will last for the rest of her life,” he added. “It’s amazing what’s being done these days.”

Recovery could take up to six weeks, but Village President Catherine Adduci said Henek can still take part in her board responsibilities.

“Trustees can phone in, if there’s a medical condition or they’re away for business. They can vote. There are no issues there. Whatever works,” Adduci said. The next meeting of the River Forest Village Board is May 22.

A community activist, Henek coordinates the Holiday Food and Gift Basket and organizes LemonAid, a fundraising and awareness event for local charities that principally aids children.

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