Home Contact Us Stadia Pix Articles All About You Riders to Remember
DVDs Books Pictures Archive Dream Teams Programme Generator
21/08/2019
Book Review: Brough Park
NZ World League - Part 7
Your Feedback
 
28/07/2019
Scrapbook: Cyril's Starting Gate
NZ World League - Part 6
Your Feedback
 
21/07/2019
Never Give Up On Odsal
NZ World League - Part 5
Speedway at the Ace
 
10/07/2019
It's All About You: Barry Preston
NZ World League - Part 4
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
04/07/2019
Large and Noisy Crowd
NZ World League - Part 3
Your Feedback
 
05/05/2019
Briggs Gets MBE
NZ World League - Part 2
Your Feedback
 
23/04/2019
Book Review: Freddie Williams
NZ World League - Part 1
Your Feedback
 
07/04/2019
DVD Review: Heathens Heroes
Your Feedback
 
23/03/2019
The Fifties
Speedway Olympics
 
17/03/2019
Wages Day
The Australasian Finals - 1982
Your Feedback
 
03/03/2019
Diary of a Speedway Kid
The Australasian Finals - 1981
Plus Points
 
19/02/2019
Track Pix: Albany
The Australasian Finals - 1980
Your Feedback
 
12/02/2019
Scrapbook: The Rivals
The Australasian Finals - 1979
Your Feedback
 
05/02/2019
Scrapbook: The Dugards
The Australasian Finals - 1978
Your Feedback
 
26/01/2019
Death of Supporters Club
The Australasian Finals - 1977
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
20/01/2019
DVD: 90 Stars of the BL
The Australasian Finals - 1976
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
06/01/2019
Mauger and Golden Helmet.
Freezing Trip Across the Border
Your Feedback


Bill Gray's Bypass Surgery
By Howie Zechner

Bill Gray

Former USA Speedway star and actor, Billy Gray had quadruple bypass surgery.

"I almost died" the former 'Father Knows Best' star said as he relayed his life-threatening journey of these last two months.

An exercise and healthy eating fanatic who's only food vice was Haagen-Dazs ice cream. The former speedway star was unaccustomed to being tied and fatigued but shrugged it off to being 76 years old. Still deep in his gut he knew something was not right.

Then the pain came. At first it was bearable and would soon go away. But each time it got more intense and lasted longer. On the 3rd of January ignoring the pain ended with a 911 call and a trip to the Santa Monica emergency room.

It was a heart attack and it was serious. Close to death the doctors immediately inserted a stent to get blood flowing. Only a stopgap measure Gray was moved to the UCLA Medical Center where doctors performed quadruple bypass surgery. The operation went well and 22 days later weak and frail he was discharged from the hospital.

Bill in 'Father Knows Best'

Once home Billy did not get better. Down to 108 pounds he could not walk more than a few feet and was having a difficult time breathing. Three days later it was back into intensive care.

Fluid buildup around the lungs was the culprit and doctors drained almost a gallon of liquid from his chest cavity.

Now back home Billy tells me he is well on the way to recovering. Although still weak he is walking and almost able to breath properly.

When asked what he had to say about this experience the former #99 was blunt.

If it happened to me it can happen to you so don't be stupid like I was. If you have no energy see your doctor. If he says there is nothing wrong see another doctor. Your body will tell you when something's not right. All you have to do is listen.

 

This article was first published on 23rd March 2014


 

  • Cary Cotterman:

    "I remember Bill ('Billy' as he was called in the old days) very well, both as an actor in such classic films as "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and in his later career on the shale. I wish him a quick and full recovery and many years of health."

    [ Use Mobile Version ]
     

     

    Comment on this Article | Contact Us | Go Back to Main Menu

  •    Please leave your comments on this article or on the site as a whole