JACKSON – State Sen. Jack Gordon’s surgery Friday morning to remove a brain tumor “went well,” according to a Senate colleague.
Sen. Terry Burton, R-Newton, said the surgery went well and “a good portion” of the tumor tissue was removed and sent to pathology. But Burton said the results of the pathology test will not be known for a few days,
The four-hour surgery was to remove a tumor on Gordon’s right frontal lobe.
On Thursday, Gordon, D-Okolona, who was at the Capitol, said the support he has received as people have learned about his health problems has been “gratifying.” He also expressed optimism that he would recover.
A spokeswoman at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where the surgery was performed, said Gordon was in good condition.
Gordon, 65, is in his sixth term in the state Senate after serving two terms in the Mississippi House.
Gordon first became ill in March when driving from Starkville to Columbus after a Mississippi State basketball game. He became disoriented and ran off the road. After the incident, Gordon said doctors believed he had suffered a stroke or had a tumor. He delayed additional medical exams in June because of prior commitments, but the tumor was discovered recently when he finally consented to the tests.
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