Byrd's Office Says Hospitalized Senator Improving

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Sen. Robert C. Byrd's office says he's getting better, though the 91-year-old democrat remains hospitalized.

Byrd's office says his doctors and family want to make sure the infection that led to the hospital stay has run its course before he's released.

Byrd, the longest-serving U.S. Senator in history, has been hospitalized since May 15.

Byrd has been in Congress since 1952 and was first elected to the senate six years later.

He has been plagued by health problems in recent years, uses a wheelchair and sometimes appears frail. He has been hospitalized several times.

Byrd is strong enough to praise Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor, calling her life story inspiring.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by rodman Location: vienna on May 26, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    Hoping that Mr. Byrd recovers quickly & fully. Also hoping that Mr. Byrd steps down soon & enjoys a long and healthy retirement.
  • by Tim on May 26, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    So he's getting better good for him, but also who cares. It's way passed time for him to retire. Hey Byrd where's all those jobs So called Obama promised. last time I checked folks were getting laid off those jobs were being shipped overseas. Cheap Labor the big boys don't have to pay retirement or medical benefits. Pockect the money so they can go one living the big life styles. Private jet's big homes,and Limo service.
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