Jimmy Barnes Recovering In ICU After Successful Open Heart Surgery

14 December 2023 | 12:18 pm | Jessie Lynch

"I'm happy to let you know that our Jimmy has made it through his surgery and is now recovering in the ICU."

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Jimmy Barnes has successfully “made it” through his heart surgery and is "recovering in ICU", his wife Jane confirmed on Wednesday (Nov. 13).

Writing on the website on Wednesday night, X, Jimmy’s wife Jane wrote: "Hi it's Jane Barnes here. Sharing a couple pics on Wednesday, I'm happy to let you know that our Jimmy has made it through his surgery and is now recovering in the ICU. We're so grateful for the incredible medical team looking after him. Thank you all."

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It comes after the Aussie rock icon revealed he’d be undergoing emergency open-heart surgery after his ongoing bacterial infection – for which he was hospitalised in the last week of November – spread to his heart.

"It's infected an otherwise healthy valve that was replaced some years ago due to a congenital defect, so I'll be getting open heart surgery over the next few hours to clear out this infection and put in a clean valve," the 67-year-old said.

Barnes went on to explain that the surgery “is going to take me out of action for a while”, noting his frustration: “I know lots of other people are battling even worse things but it still feels hugely frustrating. Just a few weeks ago I was the fittest I've been in decades!”

For the time being, it’s unclear what this situation means for Barnes’ upcoming tour obligations.

He added: “As you can hopefully appreciate, this has all happened very suddenly so it's going to take a few days for everyone to figure out what's going to be doable with my upcoming shows. I'm really sorry for all the inconvenience this will cause but please be patient while my team works hard to figure things out. A new plan will be announced as soon as possible.”

Rounding out the statement, Barnes shared some personal thanks.

“I'd like to thank my darling Jane for her around-the-clock love and care over the last few weeks in particular – as always I'd be lost without her,” he wrote.

“I'd also like to thank the Doctors and Nurses who've been amazing and all the people who have sent me 'get well’ messages. You've all lifted my spirits and I'm sincerely grateful.”

"We feel confident in the doctors. He will make a great recovery," he told Nine.