THE MIGHTY CARSON

updated 04/21/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/26/1999 12:00AM

Johnny Carson, recovering from quadruple bypass heart surgery on March 19, should be home in time for Easter. "He's in good condition. He's doing great," a spokeswoman for St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., said Wednesday. Doctors expect Carson, 73, to make a full recovery. Tapes of the 911 call placed by Alex Carson, wife of the former "Tonight Show" host, were released Wednesday. Her call for help was calm, and an alert Carson could be heard in the background. When the dispatcher asked, "Is his skin pale, cool or clammy?" Mrs. Carson asked her husband: "Are you pale, cool or clammy?" Carson answered, "No." Said Mrs. Carson: "We're getting dressed to leave."

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