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Barbara Walters to undergo heart surgery

ABC's Barbara Walters made an announcement about her

ABC's Barbara Walters made an announcement about her health on "The View" airing on May 10, 2010. (Nov. 13, 2009) Photo Credit: AP

 Barbara Walters will undergo heart surgery later this week. Here's her statement, and check out what she said on the air. Heart valve surgery . . .serious certainly, but one assumes Babs will be just fine and be back on the air soon...

 How long?

 On the air, she said this: "Since the summer is coming up, we have a little time off in July, a hiatus in August, so I thought this is the time to do it and I can come roaring back  when we come back on the air in September. "

 The statement:

You know how healthy I have been -- never missed a day’s work. Later this  week, I am going to have surgery to replace one faulty heart valve. Lots  of people have done this. I have known of this condition for a while now and  my doctors and I have decided that this is the best time to do the  surgery. Since the summer is coming up, I can take a nice vacation.

Earlier this morning, I told my wonderful pals here, as I am now  telling you, and it will be a surprise to many friends. But I thought it best  not to talk about it too far in advance. I love you all.”   

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