Cyprus Mail

President heart operation goes successfully

By Angelos Anastasiou
President Nicos Anastasiades’ open-heart surgery was concluded successfully, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said late on Tuesday.
Anastasiades was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, New York, to have his mitral valve repaired.
Earlier on Tuesday, cardiosurgeon Marinos Sotiriou, who had accompanied the President to New York and attended the operation, said that whether the valve could be repaired or would need to be replaced would be determined during the operation.
Press reports late on Tuesday said Anastasiades’ mitral valve was repaired.
The surgery was performed by mitral-valve expert Dr David Adams.
It started at 5:30 pm, and lasted more than six hours.
During the operation, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told the public broadcaster that “the President was eager for the process to start so that it could conclude.”
And when it was over, he tweeted: “President Anastasiades’ surgery has just been completed successfully. Speedy recovery, Sir, and back in Cyprus soon.”
Late on Monday, US Vice President Joe Biden phoned Anastasiades to wish him a speedy recovery, while Archbishop Demetrios of America visited him at the hospital.
“He is in the hands of the best,” Demetrios said.
US ambassador to Cyprus John Koenig also wished the President well, stressing his importance to the United States.
“We regard him as an outstanding partner of the United States, and the changes that he’s made as the President of the Republic of Cyprus have been important to us,” Koenig told state television. “So we wish him well, speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him here, back in Cyprus again.”
Anastasiades is expected to return to Cyprus before the holiday season.

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