Sen. Boozman doing “amazingly well” after heart surgery


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Sen. John Boozman, an Arkansas Republican who underwent heart surgery earlier this week, is “doing amazingly well,” according to the surgeon who performed the operation.

“Senator Boozman is doing amazingly well after surgery to replace his ascending aorta. One reason he is doing so well is because of his great physical condition. At this time, we expect the Senator to have a full recovery. He should be able to return to his full duties without any restrictions in the future,” said Dr. E.J. Chauvin, the Mercy Cardiac & Thoracic surgeon.

A statement from the senator’s office said Boozman has been talking with family for long stretches and walking frequently with the aid of the medical staff.

“The Senator is mobile and conversational to the extent that he can be given the discomfort this procedure creates,” said Boozman spokesman Patrick Creamer. “He’s spent a great deal of time talking with his family and even spoke briefly with his chief of staff. We are told these are all excellent signs that his recovery is on the right track,”

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