Retired BJC director improving after surgery
April 3 2003 by Robert Marus , Associated Baptist Press

Retired BJC director improving after surgery | Friday, April 4, 2003

Friday, April 4, 2003

Retired BJC director improving after surgery

By Robert Marus Associated Baptist Press

WINSTON-SALEM - Retired Baptist Joint Committee (BJC) executive director James Dunn is improving after experiencing a tear in his aorta March 26.

Dunn collapsed while he was with a colleague on campus at Wake Forest University Divinity School in Winston-Salem, where he is serving as a visiting professor.

The hospital reported that Dunn's condition was upgraded from critical to serious. He remained in the hospital's intensive-care unit on April 4.

According to Chris Chapman, Dunn's pastor at Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, quick medical attention averted what could have been an even more serious condition. Doctors at Winston-Salem's Baptist Hospital performed emergency surgery to repair the tear.

Chapman said that Dunn has continued to improve after a difficult few hours following the surgery. "Since about 8 or so Friday morning, he's been very stable the whole time, and progressed like (his doctors would) want," the pastor said in a phone interview. "Everything looks to be on course for what he's dealing with. But it's obviously a very, very serious enterprise."

Chapman reported that, as of April 1, Dunn remained attached to a ventilator for breathing. He is also heavily medicated to keep him unconscious. However, Chapman said, doctors are attempting to wean Dunn from the ventilator slowly. If his progress continues, he should be breathing on his own permanently in the next couple of days.

Dunn served as executive director of the Washington-based Baptist Joint Committee from 1980 until 1999.

Upon his retirement, he began teaching at Wake Forest.

He and his wife, Marilyn, maintain a home near the BJC's Capitol Hill offices, and Dunn continues to serve as executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee Foundation.

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