updated 04/21/2004 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/15/1999 AT 12:00 AM ET
Stephen King was in a Maine hospital’s intensive care unit early Tuesday after emerging from seven hours of surgery. A hospital spokesman said the operation went well and that King remained in serious but stable condition. Doctors estimated the 51-year-old master of horror would remain in the hospital for two to three more weeks and need at least nine months of physical therapy to fully recover from his injuries.