R.J. Cooper made it through open-heart surgery today with no apparent complications, family and colleagues note, and he’s resting in the intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
“Everything went according to plan,” said Angie Salame, brand manager for Rogue 24, Cooper’s tasting-menu-only restasurant. “He’s just recovering.”
The chef went under the knife this morning to repair a heart defect known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or a thickening of the heart muscle that makes it harder to pump blood.
In the early afternoon, Judy Cooper posted this on the CarePages’ site:
He is out of surgery and in the ICU now. He is still drugged and not awake yet. They are monitoring his heart rhythm now which is critical.
Salame didn’t know the chef’s exact condition, but she said he was still groggy and hadn’t spoken yet. “Definitely completely totally drugged still,” she said about the chef.
More as we know it on Cooper’s condition.