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United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz Released From Hospital After Successful Heart Transplant

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Oscar Munoz, the CEO of Chicago-based United Airlines, indicated on Friday that he’s headed home after having been released from the hospital where he recently underwent a successful heart transplant.

Munoz, who suffered a heart attack on October 15, indicated in a letter that his new heart makes him feel like he’s “been given a new set of wings” and that he feels “as strong as ever.”

My new heart makes me feel like I’ve been given a new set of wings, and that reinforces my confidence that, with the wings we all share, we can soar in our quest to make United a great airline for our customers and a cherished place to work.

In his letter to employees, he credited the “caring” medical team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with his new found “wings.”

Addressing those who kept him in their “thoughts and prayers,” the airline executive conveyed he and his family’s deep appreciation, noting that it gave them strength and lifted their spirits.

My family and I are deeply grateful for your thoughts and prayers. It’s given us strength and lifted our spirits.

Looking towards the future, the United Airlines CEO noted that the company has “some important decisions” to make in the days ahead.

We have some important decisions ahead of us, and we can move forward with the necessary boldness only if we have a shared trust, confidence and respect.

Last Friday, United announced that Munoz’s recovery was going “well” following his transplant, which took place on January 6, 2016.

CNNMoney reports that transplant patients can be up and about in a matter of just a few days, according to leading doctors.

Back in November of last year, the airline announced that Munoz would to return to his position as chief executive officer at some point during the first quarter of 2016.

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