June 1st, 2009
02:16 PM ET
5 years ago

Staph infection keeps elderly senator in hospital

Sen. Robert Byrd developed a staph infection while being treated for another infection.
Sen. Robert Byrd developed a staph infection while being treated for another infection.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd developed a staph infection while being treated for another infection and will remain hospitalized longer than expected, his office said Monday.

Byrd, a 91-year-old Democrat, entered the hospital on May 15 as a
precautionary measure. A statement by his office three days later said he was expected to be released "in a few days."

However, the staph infection now prevents Byrd's departure from the
hospital, his office said in a new statement.

"Doctors have been treating him with antibiotics for the infection and he has been responding well," according to Monday's statement. It said there was no indication when he might be released.

Byrd was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1958, and is the chamber's longest-serving member.


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  1. Old Farmboy

    Hopefully, this is one thing we can all agree on here. Get well soon, Senator. We'll complain about something later.....

    June 1, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Enough

    91 – There should be mandatory retirement!!

    June 1, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. David

    It's great that Byrd has access to this kind of health care and that he will recover very soon. However, there are billions of people around the world without such luck. The US should do more to address severe poverty and health problems around the world for strategic and humanitarian purposes. The Borgen Project has good info on the estimated cost of ending global poverty:

    $30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.

    $550 billion: U.S. Defense budget.

    June 1, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. kevin

    i hope he doesn't make it. i hope he doesn't check out of hospital . i really hope he doesn t make it. i hope he doesn' t make it

    June 1, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Had It

    He needs to retire and let some young person take his place.

    Some ELECTED person.

    June 1, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Pat, Westminster, Maryland

    Once again, I click on a news story on which CNN has used the old bait and switch type of tactics. CNN headlines the story, "Obama Under Fire for Tour of Apology", clearly leading the reader in one direction, only to find out it's just Mitt Romney again, assuming that we care what he thinks. Everyone keeps trying to be the "voice" of the Republican party. It's painful to watch.

    P.S. CNN, try not to be so misleading in your headlines. You do that a lot. You don't want to be accused of being a FOX wannabe, do you?

    June 1, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. RepugliKLAN conscience

    Over 50 years in the US Senate? Byrd has turned the Senate into the world's most expensive nursing home. Will West Virginia please give someone else a chance to serve? Byrd can no longer effectively serve and should focus on his health.

    June 1, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. NEVADA JOE

    Are they going to give him a WAX and POLISH job while they have him...His whitewalls could use a little cleaning to....

    June 1, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Dave

    There he is, the posterboy for pork and for term limits himself: Sen. Byrd!!! Talk about how power corrupts. A 91 year old still trying to hang onto office.

    June 1, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Claudia in Houson

    Well wishes Senator Byrd.

    June 1, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Lolbama

    A fine example of why term limits in the Senate are a must.

    June 1, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Lolbama

    David,

    Please don't vote. If you do make sure you stay in LaLa Land when you do.

    June 1, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    @ Pat, Westminster, Maryland........... Well said! Careful, your comments may start to disappear!

    June 1, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Lou from CT

    Get well soon, Senator Byrd...

    June 1, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. barbara

    I knew of a young man (21 years old) who went into a hospital in West Virginia and never came out. he dies form a staph infection CAUGHT while in the hospital. I wish the Senator well but...

    June 1, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. I'll have what he is having

    I want the same care that this fraud and Ted "the lying Liberal" Kennedy get.

    Free and unearned is what you could call it.

    Gee, I hope this DEMOCRAT doesn't get a black nurse, he doesn't like those people you know.

    June 1, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Kevin Denver Colorado

    A lot of age discrimination going on here........... West Virginia will elect who THEY SEE FIT! morons

    June 1, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. barbara

    David are you kidding me? Since when is it the USA's JOB to feed the humgry and care for the impoverished EVERYWHERE but here first? As a parent, I will care for my own first and only if there are leftovers will I feed my neighbors. THIS is the EXACT attitude that we, as a nation, HAVE to take! stop taking food out of my childs mouth to feed someone else over there where their own governement would rather they starve so tha they can live in the lap of luxery. Wanna fix the big problem? FIX governments!

    June 1, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    No cure for Byrd Flu, I don't think.

    June 1, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Dawn in Pa

    Get well Senator...

    June 1, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Iowa River Rat

    This bird forgot how to fly
    Need to get into nursing home type care ( like kennedy)
    What are there 2 people in bad health and old old age doing
    in the washington arena.
    enough already
    throw the bums out
    term limits and age limits.
    Even to fly a passenger plane we have a 60 year old limit
    Flying the county would require some better rules than we are now using.
    Change/ darn right change is due /

    June 1, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Keeth in California

    The people of West Virginia are free to elect whomever they wish for as long as they wish according to their laws and the rules of the US Senate. If you don't like Sen. Byrd and live in WV, vote against him. If you don't live in WV, tough. Same for every state, every senator, and every electorate.

    @ Kevin: That's so very kind of you to wish him dead.

    June 1, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Greg Jacobson

    I hope its painful and may god have mercy on your soul.

    June 1, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Doug, New Jersey

    Not that it is a positve thing for mankind and decent human beings, but Robert Byrd did get to live long enough to see his boy-hood dreams come true, thanks to the Democratic party. The people he has hated his whole life still do not have ideological freedom and are not free without severe racist retaliation from the left to define their own views and beliefs. Sad to say, as long as the Democrats have power, Martin Luther King Jr's dream will never be reached.

    June 1, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Rick CT

    He's 3rd in line for the Presidency behind Biden and Pelosi. Scary!

    June 1, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |