Helen Graves,open heart surgury
Helen Graves, the mother of Gov. Bill Graves, had open-heart surgery at the hospital in 1999. While out of town on vacation Friday, she called Braxton during the party to wish him well and congratulate him on his first year in Salina. Spirituality and surgery Like Graves, many of the patients wapted to credit Braxton and his team for their ongoing health. But Braxton said prayer and spirituality are what give him and his staff the courage to continue in their jobs. "Though we know a lot in medicine, it's important to acknowledge we don't know everything," he said. "There's so many imponderables." Calling the birthday party a "culr mination of a dream," Braxton had his picture taken Friday with all of his patients.