Schwarzenegger in good condition after surgery
Photo courtesy Office of the Governor of California
By Jeremy Lipps, Bay City News Service
December 26, 2006
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is reportedly in good condition after
he underwent surgery to repair his fractured right femur today.
Dr. Kevin Ehrhart repaired the governor's thigh after it was
broken while skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho on Saturday.
"Following the surgery, the governor was awake, alert and
talking in the recovery room. He is now fully coherent and I have
cleared him to resume his duties as governor,'' Dr. Ehrhart said
in a statement released by the governor's office.
Schwarzenegger will spend three days in the hospital as a standard
precaution and recovery is expected to take approximately eight
weeks, Dr. Ehrhart said.
"The governor is not in a cast and will use crutches to
walk while his leg heals,'' Dr. Ehrhart stated.
The surgery involved using cables and screws to wire the two
main fragments of the governor's broken femur bone back together,
according to Ehrhart.
"It lasted approximately an hour-and-a-half, was without
complication, and the post operation X-rays look great,'' Ehrhart
First Lady Maria Shriver said in a statement that the governor
was in good spirits.
"He asked when he could get back to work and he's looking
forward to his inauguration next week. Our children and I are
grateful for everyone's support and prayers,'' she said.
While Schwarzenegger was under anesthesia, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante
was acting governor.
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