Lexington native Laura Bell Bundy underwent heart surgery earlier this week to repair a ventricular septal defect, essentially a hole in her heart.
On Facebook and Instagram, the Tony Award-nominated singer and actress posted, “Mission Accomplished! Many thanks to the illustrious Dr. Zahn, technology & the congenital heart team at Cedars Sinai for patching up the hole in my heart yesterday. Now my engine will run more efficiently!”
Bundy has been very open about her condition and last year joined the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign to help raise awareness of heart disease. In a February interview with the Herald-Leader, she said she had been able to maintain an active life without surgery. But she said that doctors at the University of Kentucky’s Gill Heart Institute had told her that she was going to need surgery soon. Bundy, who travels extensively, had been under the care of doctors at UK and Cedars Sinai, and said she received even more help once she connected with the American Heart Association.
“I have relied on the American Heart Association for best doctors, best surgeons, and it has really made me invested in the cause and how it affects women,” Bundy said. “Last year, it was the No. 1 killer among women … and women just kind of ignore it and think they’re getting stressed out or having a hot flash, and it’s really a heart attack. So educating women is really important to me.”
Post surgery, Bundy said she is taking it easy.
“I’m at home resting and catching up on Scandal now,” she posted.
But, according to her aunt, Tanya Bell, Bundy will be in Lexington next week for the Breeders’ Cup and is slated to perform in Maysville Nov. 6 for the Star Spangled Celebration at Maysville Community and Technical College. She will be performing at the veterans’ celebration in honor of her grandfather, Wayne Bell, who died in April.
Bundy is a celebrity ambassador for the Breeders’ Cup along with other stars such as supermodel Kate Upton and chef Bobby Flay, who will also be in Lexington next weekend when the event is held at Keeneland for the first time.
Despite the health concerns, Bundy has shown no signs of slowing down this year. She has a new album, Another Piece of Me; is working on a new TV series for ABC Family, Recovery Road; and has launched a new YouTube Channel, Skits-O-Frenic.