Heartfelt Harold Morioka: ‘The Good Lord heard your prayers’
A “dear friends” note from Harold Morioka in Surrey, British Columbia: “I’m home now and on the road to recovery. I had quadruple-bypass surgery, with complications. My first operation began at 1 p.m. Because I was practising kung-fu as I was coming out of the anaesthetic, the doctors decided to keep me sedated. Finally at 10 p.m. they decided to do a second operation to stop the internal bleeding. My wife (we’re separated) told me that as she was driving back to the hospital at midnight, she was arranging my burial. I’m not dust yet. When I opened my computer yesterday, I was surprised to find so many get-well emails and prayers from my friends from across North America. The Good Lord heard your prayers and decided to keep me here a little longer. Now that I have a ‘new’ heart, I must warn my competitors that I have an advantage. Of course I’m not sure if I’ll be ready to compete in Kamloops, but I’ll be there. I hope you’ll be there too because I would love to see you.”
Harold (right) with one of his many friends: Peter Crombie of Australia.