We have a few more details on Loretta Lynn’s condition thanks to an update from her the country legend’s daughter.
Patsy Lynn Russell tells “People” magazine her mother had an accident on New Year’s Day and fractured her hip. She says, “At my mom’s age it’s so dangerous when it comes to the hip, so we’re all just grateful she seems to be okay. She’s up putting weight on it and starting her rehab now.”
The injury is frustrating for Loretta since she’d been working hard to recover from her stroke last May. She made her first public appearance in October to induct Alan Jackson into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Patsy thinks her mother will make another comeback, though.
“She said she’s just mad about being back to laying up watching TV,” Patsy says. “Hopefully, she will recover quickly. She’s strong — it’s amazing she’s able to go through all she’s been through. She had a stroke in May and has been having band rehearsals and getting around great by herself. She’s recording. She’s finishing up another album. That’s what she’s been focusing on. She’s nonstop, but she’s always been that way — it’s what keeps her going.”
Loretta has a new friend that her family suspects may have had something to do with her fall.
Patsy says with a laugh, “She has a new puppy — we don’t really know if she was chasing after the puppy or what, but she slid and fractured her hip. We blame the puppy! Though the puppy brings smiles, so there’s that.”
We first learned of Loretta’s fall in a Jan. 8 Facebook post from her sister, Crystal Gayle, who asked that everyone pray for Loretta after she broke her hip.
Crystal writes, “I was with Loretta yesterday. She is in good spirits and is doing as well as can be expected with this type of injury. Thank you for your love, prayers and continued support!”
A post on Loretta’s official Facebook account confirmed the news, saying, “American music icon Loretta Lynn is recovering from a fractured hip after a fall while at home. She is doing well and thanks all her fans for their thoughts and prayers.”
Loretta’s fighting spirit is well-documented in her songs like “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” and “Fist City,” so we know she’s feeling determined to get back onstage as soon possible. In 2016, Loretta told “People” she didn’t feel like retiring any time soon.
“They tell me to rest all the time, but I’m not tired,” she said at the time. “I don’t have to work now. I don’t have to, but I love to. I can probably outwork anyone in Nashville. I ain’t ready to lay down and die. I don’t see no reason to quit right now.”
We will keep you posted on any developments in Loretta’s condition.