Los Alamos Radio Shack owner Bill Cabral in front of his store in February at 999 Central Ave., Suite 150. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Radio Shack owner Bill Cabral has had a heart attack and is scheduled to undergo triple bypass surgery Monday. His biggest concern is his customers.
“I know a number of people have been wondering why the Radio Shack has been closed the last few days. I feel badly for the customers who are coming by wondering what is going on but I am the only one in the store … there’s no one to fill in for me,” Cabral said today. “My wife could fill in for just sales but she is an emotional wreck right now and just wants to be with me.”
Cabral is scheduled for open heart surgery Monday and it will take many more weeks for the rehabilitation, he said, but he want to make it clear to the community that the Radio Shack is not closing down.
Cabral explained that he began to experience chest pains at the store Tuesday and quickly put a sign in the door, locked up and went to the emergency department at Los Alamos Medical Center. He thought he would be back at the store in an hour or two but doctors determined he was having a heart attack.
He was transported by ambulance to CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center where doctors ran additional tests and discovered Cabral had three blocked arteries to his heart and transported him to Lovelace Heart Hospital in Albuquerque. He has remained at Lovelace awaiting Monday’s surgery.
“I feel really good and the doctors say I am young and strong and should make a full recovery,” Cabral said. “In a couple of weeks my wife will be in the store and we will be open again. I will be available by phone for tough problems,” he said. “I feel badly that I do not have a better solution for my customers. But I hope you will bear with me and thank you for your patience and understanding.”