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Barbara Walters to Take Months of Recovery Break

May 11, 2010, 4:31 am GMT

The 80 years old wants the recovery of her heart surgery to coincide with 'The View' hiatus this summer.

Barbara Walters

Veteran U.S. newswoman Barbara Walters is to undergo surgery later this week to replace a faulty heart valve. The TV legend, 80, made the announcement on her hit morning talk show "The View" on Monday, May 10, revealing she has known about the condition "for a while now" and finally decided to have the procedure so it coincided with the programme's hiatus later this summer.

She explained, "Later this week I am going to have surgery to replace one faulty heart valve. Now lots of people have done this. I have known of this condition for a while now and my doctors and I have decided this is the best time to do the surgery. And since the summer is coming up I can take a nice vacation."

Walters also added that doctors estimate her recovery time to be "anywhere from a month to three months".

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