Presiding bishop re-hospitalized, recovering from surgery

By ENS Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2024

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry underwent surgery on Jan. 6 to treat a reoccurrence of the subdural hematoma he experienced in early December 2023. The surgery was successful, and updates on his condition will be provided as they become available, according to an Office of Public Affairs press release.

Earlier on the morning of Jan. 6, a separate release said he’d been re-hospitalized.

Curry was last admitted to a hospital near his home in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Dec. 3 and underwent surgery on Dec. 4. He fell while visiting Syracuse, New York, and doctor’s diagnosed a subdural hematoma, or brain bleed, that then required surgery. At the time, his surgeon was happy with progress.

He spoke of his health issues and thanked the church for its prayers and support in his annual Christmas message. Episcopalians are asked to continue to pray for Curry, his family and his medical team.

Earlier this year, on Sept. 20, the presiding bishop underwent surgery to remove an adrenal gland and a non-cancerous attached mass following treatment earlier for episodes of internal bleeding.

Curry, at 70, is wrapping up the final year of his nine-year term as presiding bishop. He suffered a subdural hematoma at least once before, in the first month of his tenure. A subdural hematoma is usually caused by a head injury strong enough to burst blood vessels, which can then cause pooled blood to push on the brain.