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.
Hopefully, this is one thing we can all agree on here. Get well soon, Senator. We'll complain about something later.....
91 – There should be mandatory retirement!!
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.
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
He needs to retire and let some young person take his place.
Some ELECTED person.
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?
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.
Are they going to give him a WAX and POLISH job while they have him...His whitewalls could use a little cleaning to....
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.
Well wishes Senator Byrd.
A fine example of why term limits in the Senate are a must.
Please don't vote. If you do make sure you stay in LaLa Land when you do.
@ Pat, Westminster, Maryland........... Well said! Careful, your comments may start to disappear!
Get well soon, Senator Byrd...
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...
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.
A lot of age discrimination going on here........... West Virginia will elect who THEY SEE FIT! morons
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!
No cure for Byrd Flu, I don't think.
Get well Senator...
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.
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 /
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.
I hope its painful and may god have mercy on your soul.
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.
He's 3rd in line for the Presidency behind Biden and Pelosi. Scary!