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.