“Schwarzenegger is awake and his first words were actually ‘I’m back,’ so he is in good spirits,” his spokesperson, Daniel Ketchell, said on Twitter.
— Daniel Ketchell (@ketch) March 30, 2018
The former California governor underwent a heart valve replacement surgery on Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The surgery was to replace a heart valve that was originally replaced in 1997 to fix his heart defect.
“Governor Schwarzenegger’s pulmonic valve was successfully replaced and he is currently recovering from the surgery and is in a stable condition,” Ketchell said. “We want to thank the entire medical team for their tireless efforts.”
Best wishes for a speedy recovery! pic.twitter.com/QUdLv5Ul0c
— Drew Isom (@TheDrewIsom) March 30, 2018
Ketchell clarified rumors that Schwarzenegger underwent emergency open heart surgery, explaining that an open-heart surgery team was on hand during the procedure in case something went wrong, but they were not needed.
My hero. pic.twitter.com/E8L6VCFJ5p
— KennyLomas (@KendrickLomarr) March 30, 2018