“I told him, ‘I’m tough as whit leather, and I’ve got faith in you. Let’s give it a try,’” Holden says of the surgery.
Immediately after waking up from the surgery in 2018, Holden knew his physical condition had improved.
“When I came to, Dr. Eggart was holding my hand and I could feel his fingers,” Holden says.
Recovery from the procedure required Holden to spend several weeks at the hospital, and Dr. Eggart visited him frequently.
“He came to see me two times a day, and the day he didn’t do that, he came three times,” Holden says.
At every step before, during and after surgery, Dr. Eggart took the time to explain what was happening and why, said Holden’s wife, Ann.
“He explained everything on a level we could understand,” she says. “He always asked me if I had any questions.”