Clemson President Jim Barker said in a written message Monday that he is now able to walk around a bit. The message came three days after Barker underwent a quintuple bypass surgery at the Greenville Memorial Hospital.
“I write to give you an update on my condition and progress. I was able to walk a lap around the ICU yesterday! I will be moving to a private room today, and I plan to do more walking in the coronary care unit. Visitation will continue to be limited to family. The doctors are pleased with my progress, but they advise that it will take some time to heal. I am beginning my rehab work, and I plan to give it my best.”
Clemson officials say the 65-year-old Barker was originally only scheduled to have a triple-bypass surgery on Friday, but things changed after doctors discovered some blockage in his arteries.
Barker, who has been the school’s president since 1999, stepped down temporarily on Friday. The school’s board of trustees has authorized the college’s Provost Dori Helms to act as Clemson’s chief executive until he returns, which is expected to be in about a month.
In his message, Barker said he plans to provide another update on his rehab once he is discharged from the hospital.