Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned to social media after undergoing emergency heart surgery, telling fans: “It’s true: I’m back.”
On Thursday, the 70-year-old Terminator actor and former California governor underwent a scheduled procedure to replace a valve – but developed complications while he was there.
As a result, doctors took the decision to give him emergency open-heart surgery in an operation that lasted several hours, TMZ reported.
However, showing he was well on the road to recovery, the actor took to Twitter on Monday to tell his his 4.43 million followers: “It’s true: I’m back!
“I went to sleep expecting to wake up with a small incision and woke up with a big one – but guess what? I woke up, and that’s something to be thankful for.
“Thank you to the doctors & nurses. And I’m truly filled with gratitude for all of the kind messages.”
The pulmonic valve originally was installed in 1997 for a congenital heart defect and had to be replaced.
Over the weeekend his spokesperson Daniel Ketchell tweeted that Schwarzenegger was awake, adding: “His first words were actually ‘I’m back’, so he is in good spirits.”