U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Rogers, is on a “positive recovery track,” following an emergency surgery on April 22 to fix an aortic dissection, noted a Friday afternoon statement from Boozman’s Senate office.
The procedure was performed at Mercy Hospital in Rogers.
“Senator Boozman is doing amazingly well after surgery to replace his ascending aorta. One reason he is doing so well is because of his great physical condition. At this time, we expect the Senator to have a full recovery. He should be able to return to his full duties without any restrictions in the future,” Dr. E.J. Chauvin, the Mercy Cardiac & Thoracic surgeon, who performed the surgery, said in the statement.
Boozman was moved from the intensive care unit (ICU) to a private recovery room on Thursday. The statement said Boozman is able to visit with family “for long stretches of the day” and is walking frequently with help from medical staffers.
“The Senator is mobile and conversational to the extent that he can be given the discomfort this procedure creates. He’s spent a great deal of time talking with his family and even spoke briefly with his Chief of Staff. We are told these are all excellent signs that his recovery is on the right track,” Boozman spokesman Patrick Creamer said in the statement.
Boozman’s family, who continues to be with him at the hospital, released a statement on Wednesday expressing their gratitude for the prayers, kind words and well-wishes that have come from Arkansans and people all across the country. They also expressed their gratitude for the excellent care the doctors, nurses and medical staff at Mercy Hospital are providing.