February 2nd, 2010
12:25 PM ET
5 years ago

Murtha hospitalized after complications from surgery

Rep. John Murtha underwent gallbladder surgery last week.
Rep. John Murtha underwent gallbladder surgery last week.

Washington (CNN)– Rep. John Murtha, D-Pennsylvania, is recovering from gallbladder surgery at the intensive care unit at Virginia Hospital Center outside Washington, a source close to Murtha told CNN Tuesday. The source asked not to be identified given the sensitive nature of the matter.

Separately, Murtha's spokesman Matthew Mazonkey confirmed to CNN that the 77-year old Democrat underwent scheduled laparoscopic surgery to remove his gallbladder last week.

"Complications did arise from the surgery and he is currently at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington," Mazonkey said.

The news of Murtha’s condition was first reported by Politico.

Murtha is the top Democrat on the committee that oversees Pentagon spending. He was hospitalized in December for a gallbladder issue and had to postpone a hearing with Defense Secretary Gates on the Administration's strategy in Afghanistan. Murtha did return to work after a few days in the hospital and helped oversee final passage of the Defense Appropriations Bill.


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. BURNS IN NH

    I AM TRUELY SORRY FOR HIS DISCOMFORT, HOWEVER WHAT HE IS ENDOURING IS NOTHING COMPARED TO HIS GRAFT AND DIS-
    COMFORT TO ALL OF AMERICAN TAX PAYERS. HE WAS A LUCKEY
    SURVIVOR OF NAM, LUCKY NOT TO HAVE BEEN FRAGGED BY
    HIS OWN MEN.

    February 2, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Torch

    Just go ahead and bury the sorry old goat. He's worthless.

    February 2, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. erma williams

    This world does not belong to China or any other nation. This world is a God given entity and it is for all NATIONS. When a few thieves take it upon themselves to act in God stead then you see what we have on our hands. The Commander and Chief cant see the Dalai Lama. God is still in CONTROLL regardless of what a messed up mind thank. Thank God for Jesus.
    Look @ the people taking the Hattian children to make t hem sex slave to a sick society.

    February 2, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. SWPADEM

    Thoughts & prayers for a full recovery for my Congressman who has done so much for vets & the people of Western PA.

    February 2, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    apparently you'd know, richp, since you appear to be so full of bile

    February 2, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Obama Victim

    wasn't this the guy who called our soldiers "killers??? what goes around.......comes around

    February 2, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. rjt

    I hope he doesn't come back to the house.

    February 2, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Obama mama

    Sorry to hear that Murtha has been hospitalized.

    That said, I hope that PA voters wake and an vote him out in 2012. This guy is the most corrupt politician out there (well, Charlie Rangle, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Grandma Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Barbra Boxer,... are all pretty bad as well).

    February 2, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. ....

    And nothing important was lost.

    February 2, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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