Clinton Surgery Called A Success

Clinton Surgery Called A Success (CBS/AP)

Former President Clinton underwent successful heart bypass surgery Monday at a Manhattan hospital and was resting comfortably, his spokesman said. The medical team that performed the procedure at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia planned a 4 p.m. EDT press briefing to discuss the surgery. “The surgery was successful and the president is resting comfortably,” Clinton spokesman Jim Kennedy said. The surgical team was led by Dr. Craig R. Smith, the hospital’s chief of cardiothoracic surgery. Preparations for the surgery began at about 6:45 a.m., a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press.

Mr. Clinton has been at the New York hospital since Friday after suffering chest pains and shortness of breath and being told he would need to undergo heart bypass surgery as soon as possible. Mr. Clinton’s tests showed no heart attack, but a source close to the family said there were three or four clogged arteries.

Good news indeed.

Now, lay off the Big Macs for a while Mr. President.

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  1. La Femme Crickita says:

    Not just the Big Macs, but the Big Nurses too!
    I wish him well in his recovery.