Merle Haggard Recovering from Lung Surgery
"Okie From Muskogee" country singer Merle Haggard is recovering at home after an operation last Monday to remove part of his lung, his rep tells Reuters.
The singer-songwriter, 71, whose lung cancer was only recently diagnosed, said in a statement, "I'm feeling good ... better and better each day. If not for the love and wisdom of my wife [Theresa], I might not be around today."
Haggard's surgery took place at a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. Tests there revealed that all the affected tissue was removed, according to the musician's spokeswoman.
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