Couples Share Anniversary Celebration A Day Before Surgery At Methodist Dallas

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Couples enjoy a Celebration Dinner to celebrate their anniversary! Photo courtesy Methodist Health System

What do you do when your wedding anniversary is the day before a major surgery for pancreatic cancer?

If you are a patient at Methodist Dallas, you celebrate in style!

Nurses decorated a hospital conference room with flowers and balloons today so Curt and Yvonne McDonald from Valley View, near Gainesville, Texas, could enjoy a special 43rd anniversary lunch. On Friday morning, Curt will undergo one of the most complex surgeries performed at Methodist Dallas … to remove parts of his pancreas, small intestine, gallbladder, bile duct, and stomach.

In a nice coincidence, today is also the 54th wedding anniversary of the couple’s relatives and close friends John and Linda Burgess, who flew in from Washington state for the surgery. So Methodist Dallas put on quite the lunch for the two couples. On the menu? Shrimp cocktail, wild greens, peppercorn-crusted filet mignon, and cheesecake parfait.

Right after lunch, Curt’s surgeon, Dr. Alejandro Mejia, put him back on a liquid diet to get ready for Friday’s big surgery!