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George W Bush undergoes surgery to clear artery

The 67-year-old is said to be in “high spirits”.

George W Bush pictured last month.
George W Bush pictured last month.
Image: LM Otero/AP/Press Association Images

FORMER US PRESIDENT George W Bush underwent surgery yesterday to clear a blocked artery.

In a statement issued today, his office said that the problem was discovered during the 67-year-old’s annual physical examination at a clinic in Dallas.

At the recommendation of doctors, Bush agreed to have a stent placed to open the blockage.

According to his office, “The procedure was performed successfully this morning, without complication, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

“President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday. He is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him. He thanks his family, friends, and fellow citizens for their prayers and well wishes. And he encourages us all to get our regular check-ups.”

There was no immediate comment from the White House on the procedure.

-Additional reporting by AFP

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