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Barbara Walters out of heart surgery, recovering 'as expected'

May 14, 2010 | 10:52 am

Barbara-walters-headshot-we Barbara Walters, who announced Monday on "The View" that she'd be having a faulty heart valve replaced this week, is out of surgery, ABC News reports

"Barbara Walters' surgery went well and the doctors are very pleased with the outcome. Ms. Walters is recovering as expected," her spokeswoman Cindi Berger said in a statement, adding that nothing further would be said "at this time."

Walters told her co-hosts Monday that with summer coming, she and her doctors had decided this was the right time for the surgery, as she could take advantage of the summer schedule to recover and then come "roaring back" in September.

She emphasized to Whoopi Goldberg that this was "not elective, it's not like ... having your face lifted."

"There's no denying that this is serious surgery," ABC News President David Westin told staffers Monday. "But ... as those of us who work with Barbara know, she's in excellent condition. So, we have every reason to expect a great result and a speedy recovery."

He noted also, in the e-mail obtained by MediaBistro, that Walters preferred folks not visit or send cards and flowers, so she could focus on getting better.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Barbara Walters in New York in November.  Credit: Steve Fenn / ABC / Associated Press.

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