Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had an emergency open-heart surgery which threw the movie world into panic, but he came back to life saying, “I’m back.”
His spokesman Daniel Ketchell confirmed via Twitter Friday afternoon that Schwarzenegger was in stable condition, “He’s in good spirits,” he reported.
According to TMZ, the 70-year-old was at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for a catheter valve replacement. When the experimental procedure resulted in complications, doctors decided to open him up.
TMZ’s report was later confirmed by Ketchell confirmed, “Yesterday, Gov. Schwarzenegger underwent a planned procedure at Cedars-Sinai to replace a pulmonic valve that was originally replaced due to a congenital heart defect in 1997,” he explained in a statement.
“That 1997 replacement valve was never meant to be permanent and has outlived his life expectancy, so he chose to replace it yesterday through a less-invasive catheter valve replacement.
“During that procedure, an open heart surgery team was prepared, as they frequently are in these circumstances, in case the catheter procedure was unable to be performed. Gov. Schwarzenegger’s pulmonic valve was successfully replaced and he is currently recovering from the surgery and is in stable condition. We want to thank the entire medical team for their tireless efforts.”
USA Today have also reported that Schwarzenegger’s children and ex-wife Maria Shriver have not spoken publicly about his condition; Cedars-Sinai, as per federal law, would not comment.
Reports says Friday’s operation became Schwarzenegger’s fourth cardiac surgery, though only two were intentional.
— Daniel Ketchell (@ketch) March 30, 2018
When he was 50, Schwarzenegger had an aortic valve replaced to repair a congenital condition. That 1997 operation, too, produced complications, requiring another emergency procedure.
“I was very scared,” he told Barbara Walters in that year’s 10 Most Fascinating People special. “I could have died… All of a sudden, in the middle of the night, I started getting less and less air and I have problems breathing.”
Schwarzenegger began his career as a champion bodybuilder, then became a movie star in The Terminator films, and then got elected governor of California as a Republican in 2003.
Schwarzenegger and US President Donald are not best of friends, and they have both shown in publicly recently, particularly on issues surrounding NBC’s reality show, The New Celebrity Apprentice.
Schwarzenegger took over from Trump after the latter became president, which led to some public feuding on Twitter between the two over the show’s low ratings.
Schwarzenegger tweeted a joke proposal that he and Trump exchange jobs “so that people can finally sleep comfortably again.” In March 2017, Schwarzenegger announced that he would not return to the show. In a tweet, Trump claimed
Schwarzenegger was fired.
He has also reportedly told the president”Let me help you write your speech a little bit,” says in a video message.
The Austrian-born actor and former California governor says Trump has a “moral responsibility to send an unequivocal message that you won’t stand for hate and racism.” And so in a video posted on Facebook, Schwarzenegger drafts the speech that he says Trump should have given after violence in Charlottesville after neo-Nazis and white supremacists protested the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee:
“As president of the United States, and as a Republican, I reject the support of white supremacists. The country that defeated Hitler’s armies is no place for Nazi flags. The party of Lincoln won’t stand for those who carry the battle flag of the failed Confederacy.”