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Former Spanish King Feels 'Phenomenal' After Heart Surgery

Former Spanish monarch Juan Carlos I sits in a car as he leaves Quiron Salud Hospitals one week after a heart surgery in Madrid, Spain, Aug. 31, 2019, in this still image taken from a video obtained by Reuters.

Spain's former monarch Juan Carlos I said Saturday that he was feeling ``phenomenal'' with ``new plumbing'' after a successful triple bypass heart surgery.

``It feels like a truck ran me over, but now it's about getting rid of the truck and looking ahead,'' the 81-year-old king emeritus said as he was driven out of a hospital in the outskirts of Madrid.

``New pipes, new plumbing, [it feels] phenomenal,'' he added.

Quiron Salud Hospitals Managing Director Lucia Alonso said the former king was discharged one week after the operation because he was ``clinically stable.''

The operation was Juan Carlos' 17th surgical procedure and had been scheduled two months ago.

The king emeritus abdicated in 2014 in favor of his son, Felipe, ending a nearly 39-year reign. He retired from public duties last May.