Entries in Hospitalized (5)


Sen. Daniel Inouye Hospitalized at Walter Reed

Daniel K. Inouye, Senator for Hawaii(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Daniel Inouye, the longest-serving sitting U.S. Senator, has been hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, to regulate his oxygen intake, his office confirms Monday afternoon.

“For the most part, I am OK,” Sen. Inouye, D-Hawaii, said in a paper statement issued to ABC News, “However, I am currently working with my doctors to regulate my oxygen intake. Much to my frustration, while undergoing this process, I have to remain in the hospital for my own safety and to allow the necessary observation.”

On Thursday the 88 year-old senator was admitted to George Washington hospital, where he remained thru Sunday. He was then transferred to Walter Reed, just outside of Washington, DC.

Inouye said he hopes to be back on Capitol Hill as soon as doctors will allow.

Recently he has been seen using oxygen on the floor of the Senate and has been spotted also using a wheelchair at times.

Inouye’s office explained that in the late 1960′s, he was misdiagnosed with lung cancer and had a sizable portion of his left lung removed. After living with this his whole life, his office says about nine months ago his doctors recommended he begin using an oxygen supplement.

Also at the advice of his doctors, the Senator sometimes uses a wheelchair in order to preserve his knees.

“After 50 years of walking the marble floors of the Capitol complex, the marble has taken its toll and he has been advised to avoid long walks on hard surfaces,” a spokesperson says.

In November the Senator was taken to Walter Reed after a fall in his apartment and was treated for a minor cut to the back of his head.

Inouye, who served in World War II and was awarded a Medal of Honor for his service, was first elected to the Senate in 1963. He’ll mark 50 years in the body Jan. 3.

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Santorum Says Daughter Is ‘Out of the Woods but Still in Hospital’

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(LUVERNE, Minn.) -- Rick Santorum said he spent Sunday night in a Virginia hospital bed with his ailing 3-year-old daughter Bella only to wake up Monday morning and decide to return to campaigning.

“She’s out of the woods, but not out of the hospital yet.  She made a miraculous recovery, so I thank everybody here who prayed for her,” Santorum said.

“I was with her last night in a hospital bed and laid with her and slept with her last night,” Santorum said.  “She woke up this morning with a big smile on her face, and I thought, ‘Okay, Daddy can get back to work.’”

Bella Santorum, who suffers from a lethal genetic condition called Trisomy 18, was diagnosed with double pneumonia on Friday while her father was at his Virginia home to retrieve his tax returns.

Santorum was scheduled to address patrons at a Pizza Ranch restaurant in Luverne, Minn., on Monday, but the crowd was so large the event was moved next door to a theater.

Santorum is the first candidate to visit Minnesota this election cycle.  The state holds its caucus next week.

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Santorum Says Daughter Bella Had ‘Miraculous Turnaround’

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(DELRAY BEACH, Fla.) -- Rick Santorum made his first public comments on the health of his youngest daughter, Isabella, Sunday evening on a tele-town hall with voters, saying she has had a “miraculous turnaround.”

“She’s had a miraculous turnaround,” Santorum said on the call with Florida voters.  “We have a long way to go, but she turned the corner and we are very, very grateful.”

He confirmed that his daughter, who the family calls Bella, was diagnosed with pneumonia in both lungs and said the family had a “very difficult 36 hours.”  The former Pennsylvania senator said his daughter remains in intensive care and will be in the hospital for several more days.

Bella suffers from Trisomy 18, a rare and serious genetic disorder that kills about 90 percent of children before or during birth.

Santorum said he traveled home this weekend to attend two fundraisers and to retrieve his taxes from his home computer, but said he spent most of Friday night up with Bella, calling it a “very, very tough night.”  By Saturday, she needed to be hospitalized.

“I was up with her a lot of the night,” Santorum said.  “By the end of the day, it was really, really clear she was struggling.”

The campaign released a statement Saturday evening saying the 3-year-old was hospitalized at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she is regularly treated, but Santorum later corrected that information saying Bella was “too fragile” to travel from their home in Virginia to Philadelphia and she was admitted to a local hospital.

On another tele-town hall with Minnesota voters later Sunday evening, Santorum said Bella’s “on the mend, really miraculously on the mend” and the family “dodged another bullet.”

He added that he’s “feeling pretty pumped” because Bella’s condition had improved in the “last six or seven hours” and she was no longer in the “very dangerous” situation she was in over the weekend.

Santorum did the two tele-town halls from his daughter’s hospital room where he said his wife, Karen, was smiling at Bella’s improvement.

His campaign cancelled a Monday morning event at an Orthodox synagogue in Boca Raton, Fla., but Santorum will be back on the campaign trail Monday afternoon, scheduling events in Missouri and Minnesota.

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Nancy Pelosi Hospitalized, Released in Rome

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was hospitalized in Rome Monday morning and later released after not feeling well following a weekend trip to Afghanistan, her office said Monday.

The former House Speaker, in Italy with a bipartisan congressional delegation to celebrate the country's 150th anniversary, abruptly cancelled a meeting with the Italian Defense Minister to seek medical attention for what the news agency ANSA described as a "fainting spell."

"After several flights yesterday in Afghanistan, and a long flight back to Italy that arrived early this morning, Leader Pelosi was not feeling well," Pelosi's office said in a statement. "This morning in Rome, the Leader was advised to visit a clinic, and the closest medical facility was a hospital."

Pelosi later returned to her hotel and has resumed her schedule, aides said. The U.S. delegation was to attend a concert in the Italian parliament as part of the anniversary celebrations.

"Thanks to everyone for your well wishes -- had a very productive trip to Afghanistan and am in Italy resuming meetings now," Pelosi said on Twitter.

The U.S. Embassy in Rome said it was aware of reports of Pelosi's hospitalization, but had no further comment.

Over the weekend Pelosi and the bipartisan delegation flew to Kabul, Afghanistan to meet with President Hamid Karzai, U.S. troops and military officials.

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Nancy Pelosi Hospitalized, Reports Say

ABC News(ROME) -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was hospitalized in Rome on Monday, according to Italian news agencies.

The ANSA news agency referred to her illness as a “fainting spell” and reports that Pelosi returned to her hotel after a two hour check up at the emergency room.

The former House Speaker was in Italy leading a bipartisan congressional delegation to celebrate the country's 150 year anniversary. The California Democrat had to cancel one meeting with the Italian Minister of Defense due to her feeling unwell, but Pelosi still could attend a concert Monday night in honor of the celebration.

The U.S. Embassy in Rome is aware of the reports, but had no further comment.

Over the weekend Pelosi and the bipartisan delegation flew to Kabul, Afghanistan, to meet with President Hamid Karzai, U.S. troops and military officials.

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