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Larry Fournier is happy he feels better after finally getting his heart surgery, which had been on hold because of the pandemic. Shown here in his Hudson backyard.

MANCHESTER — Larry Fournier was days away from going into Catholic Medical Center to have his heart’s electrical system fixed when the hospital ended all elective surgeries.

Fournier was relieved. The Hudson resident already had been nervous, since his wife died in a different hospital about five years ago. The coronavirus pandemic only increased his anxiety.

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Larry Fournier climbs down granite steps at his yard in Hudson on May 29, 2020. His mobility is improving since recent heart surgery, which had been on hold because of the pandemic.

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Larry Fournier introduces Shamrock at his Hudson home on Friday. He back on his feet after having an overnight surgery recently.

What’s Working, a series exploring solutions for New Hampshire’s workforce needs, is sponsored by the New Hampshire Solutions Journalism Lab at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and is funded by Eversource, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the New Hampshire College & University Council, Northeast Delta Dental and the New Hampshire Coalition for Business and Education.

Contact reporter Michael Cousineau at mcousineau@unionleader.com. To read stories in the series, visit unionleader.com/whatsworking.  

Staff writer Josie Albertson-Grove contributed to this report.

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