Philippo Lo Grande is resting comfortably in Puerto Vallarta following surgery for a back problem resulting from long-term chronic sciatica. He did not, as previously reported, fall from a scaffold; rather he suffered a severe back spasm and lay immobile for several hours before help arrived. “It was like being hit by a sledgehammer,” he said later.
Philippo required an MRI scan and expensive surgery to relieve pressure on a lower back disk. The surgery was performed at CMQ hospital in Puerto Vallarta on Monday, Feb. 20, and was successful; Philippo is now out of pain but still cannot walk easily and is confined to the home of a friend in the city.
Philippo is known to thousands of Yelapa and Puerto Vallarta residents and visitors as an artist whose paintings of local scenes have been displayed in many galleries in the city. Funds to help pay for the surgery and his recovery were collected at a benefit at the Passion Flower café in Yelapa Feb. 22, and an art auction for his benefit was held at Trio restaurant in Puerto Vallarta Feb. 26. The Yelapa benefit netted $1,100 (U.S.) and the art auction, at which some 60 paintings were sold, about $5,000. In addition, $340 was donated by friends who saw the story on this website.
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