Lt. Gov.-elect Parson recovering from heart surgery

     (AP) – Lt. Gov.-elect Mike Parson says he is recovering after

undergoing heart surgery. He says he will be ready to take office on

Inauguration Day next week.

     Parson released a statement Monday disclosing the surgery. He said the heart

problem was discovered during a routine medical checkup.

     James Harris, an adviser to Parson’s transition team, said doctors discovered

some blockage in Parson’s heart and he underwent surgery Christmas Eve at a

Springfield hospital. Parson declined to say which hospital treated Parson.

     Parson, a cattle rancher and former sheriff, said in his statement that he is

well and resting at his home in Bolivar. He thanked the medical team and his

family and friends and said he is looking forward to the inauguration ceremony

on Jan. 9.


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