Elgin Police Chief to Undergo Heart Surgery
Aguilar, Aurora, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Aurora Aguilar Daily Herald Staff Writer
Elgin Police Chief William Miller Wednesday told his colleagues that next week he will undergo open-heart surgery and is expected to be recovering for six to eight weeks.
Miller, 58, learned he had a clogged aorta, the artery that carries blood away from the heart, when his physician performed a random stress test on him last week.
Miller said he had been feeling fine and if not for the physical, he would never have guessed he had heart problems.
Next Tuesday, Miller will undergo surgery at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village to have the artery cleared.
Patients who undergo similar surgery normally remain hospitalized for a day or two. Recovery time is about six to eight weeks.
Miller's wife, Carol, a member of the Army Reserve, and their three grown children likely will help with his recovery program.
Miller on Wednesday informed his co-workers at the police station and city officials through an internal memorandum.
"We just want him to take care of himself and he needs time to do that," said Jim Lamkin, deputy chief of police who, through the chain of command, is designated to substitute Miller during his absence. …