Dan Curry recuperates from surgery

Barbara Hootman

Dan Curry underwent brain surgery at Emory Hospital in Atlanta on Aug. 9.  He has returned to his home in Swannanoa to recuperate after being discharged from the hospital on August 16.

Eleven years ago, Curry, 45, was in a severe car accident and suffered a concussion. Bleeding from the brain stem and the development of a tumor that outgrew its space sent him to Emory Hospital for brain surgery. (The Black Mountain News wrote about him in the Aug. 11 issue.)

“He is awake, but sleeps a lot,” wife Jenny Curry said. “The trip home from the hospital was difficult. He still has significant weakness in his left leg and uses a walker if he gets up.  Also, he suffers severe head and neck pain.  There is numbness on the right side of his face, tongue and mouth.  His speech is still very impaired.”

Soon Dan Curry will start physical therapy at home. His wife said doctors at Emory Hospital felt that he will recover, given enough time.

“The recovery journey will be long,” Jenny said.  “Recovery is different for everyone, and will be measured in weeks and months.”

Bounty & Soul sent a team of volunteers to the Curry home to weed the garden while Jenny stayed with her husband in the hospital.

Jenny worries about her husband being able to return to work in a timely way.  Dealing with the side effects of brain surgery, she worries about his future and that of her family.

“I worry about if he will be able to return to work, and will he still have a job if he is able,” she said.  “I get my strength from God and my family, and rely heavily on my favorite Psalm 121: ‘I lift up my eyes to the mountains…where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth…’”

An account has been established to help the Currys.  Go to

From left, Jenny, Dan, Adam and Taylor Curry have supper about a week before Dan Curry's surgery.