RANCHO MIRAGE — Former First Lady Betty Ford was reported in "excellent condition" on Friday at Eisenhower Medical Center here after undergoing a six-hour quadruple bypass surgery.
"She will be going home on Thanksgiving Eve," said Dr. Jack J. Sternlieb, the hospital's director of cardiac surgery who led a nine-member team in performing the operation.
"But her family has promised she won't have to cook over the holiday," Sternlieb added.
Former President Gerald R. Ford, daughter Susan Ford Vance, and son Steve Ford visited Mrs. Ford shortly after her surgery was completed. Another son, Jack Ford, visited his mother later in the day.
'Doing Extremely Well'
"Mrs. Ford is doing extremely well and the family is most appreciative for the great job that Dr. Sternlieb and his team have done," Gerald Ford told The Times.