Schwarzenegger released after surgery
December 31, 2006 4:46am CST
BEIJING, Dec. 31 (Xinhuanet) -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was released from the hospital Saturday following successful surgery to fix a fractured leg suffered while skiing. The Hollywood action-hero-turned-politician expects to walk with crutches when he is sworn in Friday to begin his second term as California's governor. Schwarzenegger, 59, fractured his right femur on December 23 while skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho, and underwent a 90-minute operation on December 26 to knit the broken bones back together. In a statement released by his office Saturday night, Schwarzenegger said the injury had not dampened his optimism for the coming year. Schwarzenegger said in a statement that he felt fantastic to return home today as his family prepares to celebrate the New Year together. He said he was looking forward to beginning 2007 with his formal inauguration, his State of the State Address, and the presentation of a state budget proposal.