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Boozman Doing Well After Heart Surgery For Acute Aortic Dissection

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“We appreciate the prayers, kind words and well-wishes that have come from Arkansans and people all across the country," Boozman's family said in a statement. "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. We know that if John had it his way he would be right back on the road in Arkansas, so the difficult part will be making sure he gets the rest he needs to get better.”