March 4, 2009
Posted: 09:11 PM ET
(CNN) - Former first lady Barbara Bush underwent heart surgery Wednesday at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, a hospital spokeswoman told CNN.
Jill Becker, chief of staff for former President George H.W. Bush, said that Barbara Bush was "fine" following the surgery.
"In fact, she is awake," Becker said.
"We, of course, naively wanted to keep it quiet - Mrs. Bush did," Becker said Wednesday night. "She thought there was too much fuss the last time."
Wednesday's surgery was not related to surgery she had in November for a perforated ulcer.
The open-heart surgery was taken as a precautionary step after doctors found hardening on one part of her aorta last week, Jim McGrath, a spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush told CNN affiliate KTRK.
Dr. Gerald Lawrie performed the 2 1/2 hour surgery, McGrath said, after Bush, 83, suffered some shortness of breath.
McGrath said it was not "a drastic condition" but was surgery was performed because her condition was not going in the direction they wanted.
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