TULSA - Former mayor of Tulsa and U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe announced Tuesday he underwent emergency heart surgery only three days earlier and is working his way back to good health.
In a statement, Inhofe explained a routine doctor's visit uncovered significant heart problems, leading doctors to perform a quadruple bypass surgery on the 78-year-old Friday at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.
Inhofe said he was "shocked" by the discovery, but was hopeful he would make a full recovery. "Today, I am feeling great and am fully engaged with my work here in Oklahoma ... I may miss some upcoming votes on the Continuing Resolution, but my doctors agree I will return soon and even stronger to continue the fight to protect Oklahomans' freedoms."
Feeling good after my heart surgery. May miss some votes-I encourage the Senate to pass a bill reopening gov't & stick w/conservative values— Jim Inhofe (@jiminhofe) October 8, 2013
Sarah Palin offered Inhofe encouragement shortly after, tweeting:
Wishing @JimInhofe a speedy recovery. We need him back fighting for us in the U.S. Senate!— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) October 8, 2013
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