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Greek Leader ‘Fine’ After Heart Surgery

From Reuters

Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou underwent a successful heart operation to correct a valve defect Friday, the Greek Embassy reported.

“Everything is fine; it was completed satisfactorily,” an embassy spokesman said.

The surgery on Papandreou, 69, at Harefield Hospital near London, lasted about six hours, he said.

Papandreou is suffering from a condition in which the main valve carrying blood from the heart narrows and has to be replaced by an artificial valve.

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He has been hospitalized in Britain since Aug. 25, carrying out government duties from his bed.


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