NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, December 18, 2015, 3:59 PM
Martin Sheen, best known as the president on “The West Wing” and as Charlie Sheen’s dad, is recovering from heart surgery.
Another son, Emilio Estevez, posted a photo on Twitter and Facebook of Sheen in a hospital bed, wearing a hospital gown and holding up a heart shaped pillow, with an anatomically correct heart emblazoned on it.
The pillow conceals the bottom half his face, and Sheen is giving a thumbs-up.
Estevez refer to him as “my Pop” and that the successful operation was “a great blessing indeed!”
Sheen, 75, had the operation last weekend at a Los Angeles hospital. It was not an emergency situation, but rather a proactive one. Sheen had a heart attack in 1979 while filming “Apocalypse Now.’
“With my mother Janet and our family by his side and under the coordination of his extraordinary team of cardiologists, doctors and nurses, my father displayed great courage, strength and humility as he took on this challenge,” Estevez posted on Facebook.
Quadruple bypass is extremely serious surgery done to restore the normal blood supply to the heart. Surgeons create new ways for the blood to reach the heart when coronary arteries become clogged. Usually, doctors remove veins from the legs and graft them onto the heart to bypass the clogged arteries.
The Sheen family has had serious health scares this year, including Charlie Sheen coming out with the news that he is HIV-positive but has been keeping the virus in check with a variety of pills.