NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Sandra Lee was out of surgery for complications from a double mastectomy Tuesday evening, and her medical team reported that everything went “very well.”
“Team Sandra Lee” reported in a message on Lee’s public Facebook page that the operation took a little more than two hours, and Lee was resting post-op late Tuesday.
Lee’s longtime boyfriend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, remained with her Tuesday night as her anesthesia subsided.
“(Lee) was insistent that Cuomo please have some dinner, and that her nurses do the same – and that they get some ice cream for dessert,” the message said. “Sandra was very thirsty, but the nurses told her she still had to wait to drink water, but maybe they could negotiate with an ice chip? Sandra lifted her head slightly and said ‘..water WAS my negotiation…I’d really love a nice glass of rosé….’ So, let’s just say her celebratory self is right in place!”
Lee, 49 – the star of “Semi-Homemade Cooking” – returned to the hospital Monday night after being home for the weekend.
Cuomo has stayed close to Lee following her hospitalization. He left a Billy Joel concert at Nassau Coliseum early to be with Lee when he learned of her hospitalization. Cuomo, who is friends with Joel, introduced the musician at the concert.
Lee was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday of last week in the latest complication since she had breast cancer surgery in May.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in March during a photo shoot for People magazine’s “Most Beautiful” issue.
Lee said she initially had a lumpectomy, but it wasn’t enough. Her doctor described her as a “ticking time bomb” and recommended the double mastectomy.
Lee wanted to go public with her diagnosis to help raise awareness about early detection.
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