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Ted Turner Cuts Patagonia Stay Short for Surgery in Buenos Aires

Cable News Network founder Ted Turner was rushed to a hospital in Buenos Aires today from his holiday ranch in southern Argentina for appendicitis surgery.

Turner, 75, was admitted to a hospital in Buenos Aires, CNN said in a message on Twitter. Argentine television network TN broadcast images of Turner walking from a clinic to a car in the mountain resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche, 835 miles southwest of the capital, before boarding a private plane. Turner Enterprises chief communications officer Phillip Evans confirmed his hospitalization.

“While traveling in South America, Ted Turner was admitted to a local hospital for observation,” Evans said in an e-mailed statement. “Given it is our policy not to comment on his personal health, no further details will be provided.”

Turner, who owns three ranches in Argentina’s Patagonia region spread over more than 125,000 acres, turned CNN into one of the U.S.’s biggest cable-television systems before selling it to Time Warner Inc. in 1996. He also founded the Turner Foundation which seeks to protect and restore the natural world, according to the organization’s website.

Turner is being treated at the Instituto Argentino del Diagnostico y Tratamiento in Buenos Aires, online news service Infobae reported, without specifying where it obtained the information.

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