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Arnold Schwarzenegger Celebrates First Outing After Open-Heart Surgery: 'I'm Not A Prisoner In My Home Anymore'

Date May 16, 2018 13:56

Action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent open-heart surgery in order to replace an aging pulmonic valve.

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Daniel Ketchell, who represents the film star, said that the surgery went successful, and the former California governor is in stable condition. He commented:

Schwarzenegger is awake and his first words were actually 'I'm back', so he is in good spirits.

The 70-year-old star had a congenital heart defect, which made him go through a pulmonic valve replacement back in 1997. According to Ketchell, that valve was "never meant to be permanent." Its life expectancy was approximately 10 to 15 years. The new one was a less-invasive catheter valve replacement.

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Last month, Arnie took to Instagram to share a message of gratitude to his fans.

Now, he is excited to be out for the first time following the surgery, as the actor went out to lunch on Sunday to his favorite restaurant in Santa Monica. He posted a video, saying:

It felt so good to finally be out and not be a prisoner in my home anymore. I love it.

Schwarzenegger captioned the post with:

Major update! It feels so good to be back and I remain so, so grateful to all of you for your healing thoughts! Finally, this is the first time I went out after my surgery.

Arnold was wearing a blue T-shirt advertising Elite Orthosport Performance.

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