UPDATED: California Senate Candidate Fiorina Hospitalized
Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina has been hospitalized to treat an infection related to post breast cancer reconstructive surgery she had last summer, forcing her to suspend her campaign schedule in the final week of a tight race against sitting Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.
According to the Fiorina campaign statement:
Carly learned more than a year and a half ago that she, like millions of women, had breast cancer. After successfully battling cancer, she had reconstructive surgery this summer and remains cancer free today. However, this morning Carly came down with an infection associated with the reconstructive surgery and, as a result, she was admitted to the hospital to receive antibiotics to treat this infection. While this will impact her campaign schedule today, Carly is upbeat and her doctors expect her to make a quick and full recovery and be back out on the campaign trail soon. Carly is looking forward to getting back to her full campaign schedule and to defeating Barbara Boxer on November 2.
Fiorina, 56, announced in February 2009 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and completed chemotherapy and radiation treatments a year ago. The reconstructive surgery was completed in July of this year.
Fiorina was forced to cancel meetings with two Riverside-area small business leaders on Tuesday as her opponent, Senator Barbara Boxer, campaigned with First Lady Michelle Obama in Los Angeles.
A recent University of Southern California-LA Times poll showed the incumbent Boxer maintaining a 47 percent to 41 percent margin over Fiorina. The gap has narrowed since the same poll was taken last month.
Rose Kapolczynski, Senator Boxer’s campaign manager, issued a short statement on Fiorina’s hospitalization:
We wish Carly Fiorina a speedy recovery and hope she is able to return to her normal schedule soon.
UPDATE: Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was released from the hospital on Wednesday and plans to resume her full campaign schedule on Thursday, according to a campaign statement:
“Since she was admitted to the hospital yesterday morning, Carly has been successfully treated for the infection she had as a result of reconstructive surgery following her victory over breast cancer,” her campaign said in a statement. “This morning, her doctors gave her the good news that she will be released from the hospital today and can resume her busy campaign schedule tomorrow. Carly is grateful for the outpouring of well wishes and prayers from so many Californian. She is excited to get back on the campaign trail and to move forward toward a triumph over Barbara Boxer next Tuesday.”
The Boxer camp reacted via Twitter:
“I wish Carly Fiorina a speedy recovery. Her staff has said she will released from the hospital today and that’s good news.”
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