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Greg Mortenson undergoing heart surgery

26th April 2011

Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson is undergoing surgery to repair a hole in his heart.

The Nobel Peace Prize-nominee has cancelled a planned appearance at the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ on May 3rd to give him time to recover and recuperate.

Mortenson was reportedly set to give a speech about his work in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Associate conference minister Susan Dickerman said: 'Our decision to sponsor Greg Mortenson's appearance in Worcester focused on providing an opportunity for laity and clergy to be inspired and challenged by Mr Mortenson's work in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and to share with him their questions and concerns.'

Mortenson has been hitting headlines in the past week over allegations that events described in Three Cups of Tea have been embellished.

Author Jon Krakauer accused the writer of literary fraud in his recently published Three Cups of Deceit, saying that Mortenson lied in the book and may have gained financially from the donations his charity made to schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A report on 60 Minutes also questioned the validity of some of Mortenson's claims.

Mortenson has denied all the accusations.

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time was released in 2007 and has sold over four million copies.
 

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