Steve Vihel, owner of There and Back Bikes near Speedway and Campbell, has been hospitalized for more than month due to serious medical issues. The shop remains open, but is operating on a limited schedule.
On Saturday Vihel underwent surgery to replace his heart with an artificial heart. Vihel, who had a congenital heart defect, was hospitalized for an unrelated condition that ultimately led doctors to decide that the artificial heart was necessary.
Vihel’s friends and family say he is doing well after the surgery and the doctors are happy with how the procedure went.
According to friends, Vihel could potentially be transitioned to a portable artificial heart system — which is currently working its way through the FDA approval process — and be able to leave the hospital while he waits for a transplant.
Doctors do not have a firm timeline for his recovery.
In the interim, There and Back Bikes remains open four days a week. The hours are: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Vihel’s friends and family are planning donation drives and benefit rides to help with medical expenses and assist him when he is released from the hospital.