Minister got valve replaced at hospital in Houston, Texas

Edgar Ayales, the minister of Hacienda, is recuperating after heart surgery in Houston, Texas, earlier this week.

The ministry, which handled the nation’s finances, released more information on the minister Thursday. The surgery was to replace a value in the aorta, the ministry said.

The surgeon in the case is David Paniagua, a Costa Rican, said the report. He is a cardiologist on the staff of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, but the ministry did not say where the surgery was performed.

The minster is expected to return to Costa Rica next week but will not be on the job again until January, the ministry said Monday.

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