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Glendale: Archbishop home after angioplasty

Glendale News Press


Jan 10 2004

Archbishop home after angioplasty

Vatche Hovsepian, 73, collapsed Tuesday during ceremony in Pasadena

By Darleene Barrientos, News-Press

GLENDALE — The former archbishop of the Armenian Apostolic Church of
North America’s Western diocese went home Friday to recover from an
angioplasty operation at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

Relatives said Vatche Hovsepian, 73, was feeling fine after settling
in at home.

“He’s doing very well,” nephew Ara Tavitian said.

Hovsepian was completing a ceremony at St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic
Church in Pasadena on Tuesday when he collapsed, according to diocese

“He sort of fainted during the liturgy,” Tavitian said. “He
subsequently got up and finished the sermon. He refused to leave
until the liturgy was finished.”

A cardiac evaluation at Glendale Adventist showed Hovsepian needed
balloon angioplasty of the coronary arteries with stenting, a
procedure that inserts a wire mesh tube to prop open the artery that
was cleared by the angioplasty, Tavitian said.

Glendale Adventist cardiologists Onkarjit Marwah and Haroutioun
Mesrobian did an excellent job with the operation, Tavitian said.

Hovsepian’s collapse Tuesday was a scare, not just for his immediate
family, but for his extended family, his nephew said.

“I think it was a scare for the whole community,” he said. “The
congregation was very much concerned and alarmed, because he’s always
been the leader of the community.”

Hovsepian’s successor, Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, was in Fresno on
Friday and unavailable for comment, diocese officials said.

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