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Recovering from Brain Surgery, KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen Returns to the Hospital

“Our dear friend and colleague Kathi Goertzen had a bit of a setback as she recovers from recent brain surgery,” Seattle’s KOMO announced on Tuesday as the veteran anchor returned to the hospital for monitoring.

Goertzen has been battling a benign brain tumor for the past 11 years and underwent brain surgery last Wednesday to remove parts of the tumor.  She returned home on Saturday but now she is back in the hospital as doctors want to ensure that she is healing properly.

“I plan on beating this thing into submission,” Goertzen wrote on her Facebook page last night. “It’ll take a couple more days with my friends here in the hospital though.”

Over 60,000 people have now connected with Goertzen on Facebook.  She launched the page last week in order to keep people updated on her progress.  She has been overwhelmed by the support she’s received so far and has said that its a key part of her recovery. Read more

Kathi Goertzen Returns Home After Brain Surgery

KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen returned home over the weekend as she continues to recover from the 10-hour brain surgery she underwent last Wednesday.

“Surrounded with love from daughters, sisters, mom and dad, husband, neighbors and friends, I’m getting better everyday,” Goertzen posted on her Facebook page, which has been Liked by nearly 60,000.

Goertzen, who has been with KOMO since 1980, has been battling a benign brain tumor for the past 11 years.  She has recently been working off-air as the tumor affected her facial nerve, causing her to lose control of much of her face.

Unfortunately doctors were unable to save Goertzen’s facial nerve during last week’s surgery and they believe that the tumor cells will likely grow back.

“Kathi, one way or another, will always have a role at KOMO,” Holly Gauntt, the station’s news director told The Seattle Times. “She is a unique reporter.”

Recovering from Brain Surgery, KOMO Anchor Kathi Goertzen ‘Overwhelmed’ by Facebook Support

“Kathi has been reading your Facebook posts today and is overwhelmed by your outpouring of love and prayers!” reads a new post on the Facebook page of KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen, who underwent brain surgery on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Goertzen set up a Facebook page to keep Seattle viewers updated on her progress as she continued her 11-year battle with a benign brain tumor.  As of Friday morning, over 52,000 people have connected with her on Facebook, offering their thoughts and prayers.

Goertzen is currently recovering from a 10-hour procedure to remove parts of the tumor that had been affecting her facial nerve, causing her to lose control of much of her face.

While Goertzen is now speaking and in good spirits, the outcome of the surgery was not entirely positive.  According to KOMO, doctors were unable to save the facial nerve and they believe that the cancer cells will likely grow back. Read more

Outpouring of Facebook Support for KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen as 10-Hour Brain Surgery is a Success

Kathi Goertzen, who has been battling a benign brain tumor for the past 11 years, underwent over 10 hours of surgery on Wednesday as doctors worked to remove parts of the tumor that had been growing, causing the veteran anchor to lose control of much of her face.

“We accomplished everything we hoped to accomplish,” doctors told her family afterward, according to KOMO.

Anchor Dan Lewis, who has worked alongside Goertzen since 1987, taped a special video message (above) on Wednesday evening, updating the thousands of concerned fans that have flocked to Goertzen’s newly launched Facebook page.

As Goertzen recovers from surgery–she is expected to be in intensive care for the next couple of days–her family is finding strength in the over 40,000 people that have connected with her on Facebook. Read more

KOMO Anchor Kathi Goertzen Continues 11-Year Fight with Brain Tumor

“I don’t give up easily,” anchor Kathi Goertzen, who has been battling a benign brain tumor for the past 11 years, told KOMO viewers on Tuesday.

Goertzen has been with the Seattle ABC-affiliate for the past 30 years and has worked through multiple operations to eradicate the tumor.  It continues to rebound, though, and its latest victim has been Goertzen’s facial nerves.

“It’s hard to be on TV looking like this,” Goertzen said about her now-sagging facial features.

Goertzen is currently working off-camera for KOMO as she copes with the nerve damage that has limited her facial expressions and her ability to speak. Read more

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