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Walter Mondale recovers at Mayo Clinic after heart surgery

The hospital reports that he is expected to make a full recovery.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale underwent heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic Wednesday, just nine days after the death of his wife, Joan.

The surgery was successful, but there was no further news on the condition of the 86-year-old former senator and ambassador Thursday morning. On Wednesday the clinic reported in a statement:

“Mr. Walter Mondale underwent successful heart surgery this morning at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He is resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery. His family requests privacy at this time.”

Former President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Joe Biden were with Mondale at the memorial service for Joan Mondale Saturday in Minneapolis.

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton also is recovering at Mayo Clinic, following hip surgery this week.