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Schwarzenegger's First Words After Heart Surgery

'I'm back,' according to a spokesman
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2018 6:00 AM CDT
'I'm Back': Schwarzenegger Stable After Unplanned Surgery
In this Dec. 12, 2017, photo, Arnold Schwarzenegger waves as he arrives at the Elysee Palace prior to a meeting on climate change in Paris.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

(Newser) – Arnold Schwarzenegger is doing fine after emergency open-heart surgery, his spokesman says. In fact, the 70-year-old's first words upon waking Friday were, "I'm back," a riff on his famous "I'll be back" catchphrase, writes rep Daniel Ketchell. The former governor was undergoing a planned procedure Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to replace a pulmonic valve that had been installed in 1997 when an unspecified complication occurred, reports the Los Angeles Times. When the less-invasive catheter valve replacement couldn't be performed, an open-heart surgery team stepped in. Schwarzenegger suffers from a congenital heart defect. (Read more Arnold Schwarzenegger stories.)

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