Mayo Clinic surgeons canceled Rob Kirk’s scheduled cardiac ablation last week.
Kirk, Johnson County Consolidated Fire District No. 1 Chief, has Sarcoidosis. He was scheduled to undergo a heart surgery last week.
According to a Facebook page dedicated to Kirk’s Sacoidosis fight, surgeons determined that the surgery risks outweighed the benefits of the surgery. Kirk will now meet with doctors to try to get on an experimental drug.
Sarcoidosis is an auto immune disease that causes inflammatory cells to grow in different parts of the body, most often it affects the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin. Kirk has Sarcoidosis in his lungs and in his heart. Doctors diagnosed Kirk with the disease after doing heart scans last fall.