Action-movie legend Arnold Schwarzenegger is awake and in good spirits following emergency heart surgery.
The 70-year-old Hollywood icon, famous for starring in the Terminator and Predator franchises, underwent a catheter valve replacement on Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, only for complications to arise which led to the emergency surgery. Currently resting, the former governor of California took to Twitter to update fans on his recovery.
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.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) April 2, 2018
During the surgery, the valve apparently failed and, as a result, Schwarzenegger had to undergo emergency open-heart surgery. The former governor of California was reportedly born with a bicuspid aortic valve and already had surgery in 1997 to have a valve replaced. However, he was notified back then that the procedure would eventually have to be repeated, which led to this new procedure.
The ex-professional bodybuilder turned actor has been back on the big screen over the last few years after his tenure as governor ended, appearing in The Expendables franchise, garnering critical acclaim in 2015's zombie-thriller Maggie, as well as reprising his role as a cyborg in Terminator Genisys.
This update will certainly be good news for fans who are eager for him to start filming Terminator 6 with James Cameron this summer. He is also slated to appear in Triplets, the long-discussed sequel to the 1988 comedy Twins, with Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy, as well as the Legend of Conan, returning to the series that catapulted him into Hollywood stardom in 1982.