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Pat Robertson has heart surgery

From NBC's Mark Murray
Earlier today, we mentioned how Bob McDonnell's (R) graduate thesis at Pat Robertson's Regent University has become political fodder in Virginia's gubernatorial contest.

Now, courtesy of CBN's David Brody, we learn that Pat Robertson, 79, underwent successful heart surgery.

"The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) announced today that its founder and Chairman, Pat Robertson, has returned home after extensive heart surgery at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC. Mr. Robertson has suffered a condition known as atrial fibrillation, an often-debilitating heart disorder involving shortness of breath and weakness affecting an estimated five million Americans... Robertson said, 'Only the prayers of thousands of believing people kept me on this earth. As it is, I anticipate many more years of creative service in the ministry I founded (CBN), as well as Regent University and other endeavors devoted to the service of mankind.  I cannot praise enough the dedication and professionalism of Dr. Andy Kiser and his staff who removed this growth from my continuously beating heart."

CBN also notes that Robertson is expected to return to hosting his "700 Club" in weeks.