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Opinion: Give Robert Goulet a lung already!

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He originated the role of Lancelot in the Broadway version of Camelot. He caused Elvis to shoot his TV. He’s worked with Louis Malle and Tim Burton. And now he’s gravely ill. If you have even one lung to donate to show business great Robert Goulet, his family would like your help:

Immediate Release: October 22, 2007 Robert Goulet, Internationally renowned singer/actor has been hospitalized for the past twenty-two days and is in critical condition.Goulet, a Tony, Emmy and a Grammy winner, first experienced a slight shortness of breath a few months ago but dismissed it as insignificant. In mid August, after a shoulder surgery for a torn roatator cuff, the shortness of breath got worse and he consulted with his doctors. After returning from a concert in Syracuse , New York on September 20, he felt weak with increased shortness of breath. Goulet was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital on September 30, where he was diagnosed with Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis, a rare but rapidly progressive and fatal condition.After 12 days in the Las Vegas hospital Mr. Goulet’s medical team determined that without an emergency lung transplant he would not survive. Since lung transplants are not performed in Las Vegas , his long-time physician, the renowned Dr. David Kipper, orchestrated his emergency transfer to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles which accepted him as a transplant patient on October 12.Mr. Goulet was transported to Cedars-Sinai on Saturday, October 13. Currently he is critical condition, his life dependent on finding a donated lung. Cedars-Sinai medical transplant team, one of the best in the country, is doing everything possible to move forward.

His wife, Vera, is constantly at his bedside, along with his son Michael and Christopher. She is anxious for the transplant team to proceed with the OPERATION that can save her husband,'s life. She spent their 26th anniversary on October 17, by his hospital bed.'Our friends have been incredibly supportive through these crucial times,’ she said. ‘My Robert has given tremendous joy to the world for six decades and he is loved by many people who are praying for him. He is a strong, positive man, full of life. I know if he is given the transplant he will pull through this. There are still many unsung songs for him to sing an in my heart I know it is not his time to go.'Kirk and Ann Douglas, Suzanne Somers, Harry Connick Jr. Tony Orlando are among many friends who have given the Goulets their support.Mr. Goulet was aware that there would be a possibility of a lung transplant, and stated on several occasions to his doctors and to his wife, ‘Hey, let,'s go, give me a new pair of lungs and I, I’ll hit the high notes till I’m 100.’


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