Inhofe feels “great” after emergency heart surgery
posted at 9:07 am on October 8, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
I hope readers will excuse this personal note today. Whenever I get to DC, I get in contact with Sen. James Inhofe’s office to arrange for an interview, because (a) he’s a great interview subject — humorous, blunt, and ready to talk about anything — and (b) Sen. Inhofe is a very kind and gracious man. We swap stories about grandkids off-camera, and he’s been courtly and considerate with my wife when she accompanies me. Thankfully, we’ll have the Senator around for a while, after doctors performed an emergency quadruple bypass Friday — and at 78, that’s no joke. Inhofe says he “feels great,” but it was indeed an emergency:
Inhofe, 78, said he has never had any kind of heart trouble and hadn’t felt any symptoms of the blocked arteries.
The senator said he had a virtual colonoscopy last week. After a doctor looked at the results, he told Inhofe “your colon is fine but you have a heart problem.”
After seeing a specialist in Washington, who advised immediate open-heart surgery, Inhofe decided to have the surgery in Tulsa so his children and grandchildren could visit him, the senator said.
Two of his arteries had 100 percentage blockage, two had 90 percent blockage and another had 75 percent, Inhofe said.
Heal up quickly, Senator Inhofe. I have new granddaughter stories to tell you, and I’d like to hear a few more of your own. Our prayers will be with you while you’re recovering from the surgery.