Correction: Boozman-Surgery story

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm •  Published: April 24, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In an April 23 story about U.S. Sen. John Boozman recovering from heart surgery, The Associated Press reported erroneously that acute aortic dissection typically occurs in three to five people out of every 1,000. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences said Thursday the rate of occurrence is two to 3.5 per 100,000 people.

A corrected version of the story is below:

US Sen. Boozman recovering from heart surgery

Arkansas US Sen. John Boozman recovering from heart surgery brought on by blood vessel tear

By CHRISTINA HUYNH

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas U.S. Senator John Boozman is in stable condition and is still recovering from unexpected heart surgery prompted by a tear in his aorta, his office said Wednesday.

Boozman, 63, was taken by his wife, Cathy, to Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers overnight on Tuesday for pain in his chest and shoulder, spokesman Patrick Creamer said Wednesday. While on the way to the hospital, Boozman was "alert, responsive and in good spirits despite the discomfort and pain," a statement from his office said.

The hospital would not release the senator's condition, but Creamer said Boozman was in stable condition on Wednesday.

Creamer said he didn't know how long Boozman would be in recovery and added that Boozman would not be attending the events he was scheduled for this week.

The Republican senator's family said in a statement Wednesday that: "We are grateful for the excellent care the doctors, nurses and medical staff are providing. They are amazed at how well he has responded and we are anxious for him to begin the next phase of recovery."