Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been reported in a stable condition following heart surgery in Los Angeles, spokesman Daniel Ketchell said. His first words after waking from the process, said Ketchell, were, "I'm back."
Schwarzenegger, 70, underwent a scheduled procedure on Thursday (March 29) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to replace a pulmonary valve Originally replaced in 1997 for a congenital heart defect, Ketchell said. "This replacement valve from 1997 should never be durable and has survived its life expectancy, so it decided to replace it … with a less invasive catheter replacement," Ketchell said.
The spokesman said cardiac surgery team was on hand during the procedure, but he downplayed his sincerity. "They are common in these circumstances if the catheter procedure could not be performed," Ketchell said. "Governor Schwarzenegger's pulmonary valve has been successfully replaced."
Update: @Schwarzenegger is awake and his first words were actually "I'm back", so he's in good spirits. https://t.co/bJ4pxqS8l6
̵1; Daniel Ketchell (@ketch) March 30, 2018
Schwarzenegger recovers from Friday's operation, remained in a stable condition and was "in a good mood," Ketchell said.
Best known in the 1980s and & # 39; As a former "Mr. Universe" of the 90s and for his roles in action films like "The Terminator" and "Total Recall", Schwarzenegger, who comes from Austria, switched from a Hollywood star to a politician when he successfully became a Republican candidate for California governor. From 2003 to 2011, he served two terms as governor and was nicknamed "The Governator."
It was in "The Terminator" that Schwarzenegger's character uttered what became a famous line: "I'll be back."
Since he left the governor's office, he has mixed acting and politics. Over the past year, Schwarzenegger has been a vociferous opponent of Donald Trump, who publicly criticized the President's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and suppress the President's equivalence to an act of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Schwarzenegger threatens class action against the oil industry
He also hosted the NBC TV's "New Celebrity Apprentice," a repeat of the improvised show formerly played by Trump. (Instead of "You're fired," Schwarzenegger's slogan was "You're finished.")
Schwarzenegger's television appearance and open criticism of Trump made him the target of the President's insults on Twitter and elsewhere. At the national prayer breakfast last year, Trump asked the participants to pray for Schwarzenegger's ratings.
In a video Schwarzenegger responded to Trump's taunts with a suggestion: "Hey Donald, I have a great idea, why do not we switch jobs?" Schwarzenegger said. "You take over television because you're such an expert on ratings, and I take over your job and then people can finally sleep comfortably again."
Story by Amy Wang.