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Wild Samoan Afa Anoa’i undergoes successful heart surgery

Photo courtesy of: @WXWOffice on X

Afa Anoa’i underwent a successful procedure to replace his aortic valve earlier this week.

On Sunday, the World Xtreme Wrestling Facebook page reported that the 81-year-old WWE Hall of Famer had the surgery on Thursday, May 9e. He was released from hospital on Saturday, May 11e.

Based in Florida, World Xtreme Wrestling was founded by Afa in 1996 and is now run by his son Afa Jr.

The Facebook post reads:

On Thursday, our beloved patriarch Afa the Wild Samoan underwent a successful TAVR procedure to replace his aortic valve. Yesterday afternoon he was released from the hospital! We are all so grateful that this final hurdle has been cleared! Now he has more back rehabilitation to do, but our daddy has been kicked out again and is one of the strongest people in the world! Thank you all for your prayers and concerns!

A TAVR is a transcatheter aortic valve replacement. The Mayo Clinic describes it as a “minimally invasive” procedure for treating aortic stenosis, a condition in which the heart’s aortic valve thickens and becomes stiff and narrow.

In January, Afa was hospitalized after two mild heart problems and pneumonia.

Afa Anoa’i competed with his younger brother Sika as The Wild Samoans for decades, capturing more than 20 tag team championships around the world. The pair were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.