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Little Jimmy Dickens Recovering After Brain Surgery

January 16, 2009

Everyone wishes Little Jimmy Dickens a speedy recovery, and a return to the Mother Church of Country Music, The Grand Ole Opry.

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Little Jimmy Dickens underwent brain surgery in Nashville on Tuesday to alleviate a build-up of blood. The senior member of the Grand Ole Opry just turned 88 in December.

Jimmy is “recovering in a Nashville-area hospital following surgery to repair a subdural hematoma,” the Opry said in a statement to WKRN-TV. “He is resting comfortably. The family asks for your thoughts and prayers for Jimmy as he recovers.”

Widely known for his comedic appearances in several Brad Paisley videos, Little Jimmy was honored by the Opry in November for the 60th anniversary of his induction. Brad, Trace Adkins and George Jones were among the artists on hand to pay homage. The City of Nashville also observed Jimmy Dickens Day at that time, and a new hybrid, the Little Jimmy Dickens rose, was unveiled.

A hematoma is the same type of injury Kenny Chesney suffered last spring when his foot was caught between the concert stage and a hydraulic lift at the start of his first stadium show of 2008. A subdural hematoma claimed the life of Nashville saxophone player Boots Randolph in 2007

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