She announced today on The View that she has to undergo surgery to replace a faulty heart valve later this week.
"You know how I always say to you how healthy I am. ... I've never missed a day's work," she began. "Later this week, I'm going to have surgery to replace one faulty heart valve. Lots of people have done this and I have known about this condition for a while now."
ABC News president David Westin said in statement, "There's no denying that this is serious surgery. But it's also a type of surgery that has been done often and successfully. And, as those of us who work with Barbara know, she's in excellent condition. So, we have every reason to expect a great result and a speedy recovery."
Babs said she expects recovery will take at least a month but she expects "to be calling in from time to time. I don't think I'm really scared," she concluded. "I'm glad it's going to be over with."
Babs is certainly in good hands so we have high hopes that she'll recovery in no time!