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VIA: The Belle Report

Chicago, IL – Ten days after being admitted to a local Chicago Hospital, Albertina Walker, hailed as the “Queen of Gospel”, and founder of the Caravans is still here and is proving to be a fighter.

On Tuesday afternoon, September 7th, Queen Albertina had a surgical procedure for a tracheostomy and doctors say it was a success.

What is a tracheostomy?

A tracheostomy is a surgically created opening in the neck leading directly to the trachea (the breathing tube). It is maintained open with a hollow tube called a tracheostomy tube.

Why is a tracheostomy performed?

A tracheostomy is usually done for one of three reasons: (1) to bypass an obstructed upper airway (an object obstructing the upper airway will prevent oxygen from the mouth to reach the lungs); (2) to clean and remove secretions from the airway; and (3) to more easily, and usually more safely, deliver oxygen to the lungs.

She is now resting comfortably, and is no longer on a ventilator as doctors are now hoping for the best.

Word has it, the next step will be recovery which could take several months or less.

In the meantime, she remains in the I.C.U. at a local Chicago hospital and will remain there for several more days.

Family members and close friends are all being kept abreast of her health status as well as her close friends including Evg. Shirley Caesar, Inez Andrews, Deloris Washington, Dorothy Norwood, Pam Morris, Rev. Jessie Jackson and Dr. Bobby Jones, who contacted us today by e-mail and shared that he was one of the first celebrities to visit Queen Albertina after she was hospitalized and who was also the guest host of her scholarship dinner held on Monday night, August 30, 2010.

Additionally, and to clear up a few rumors, she is NOT and has not been in a coma since being admitted to the hospital, and she has NOT returned home since being admitted to the hospital on Sunday, August 29th.

Meanwhile, she continues to listen to back to back hits of her own music, playing softly in the background.

We here at The Belle Report continue to ask for everyone to lift up our sister in prayer.

Shelia Belle

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