July 10th, 2009
10:50 AM ET
13 years ago

Former Sen. Bob Dole hospitalized for leg infection

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/30/art.dole.gi.jpg caption="Former Sen. Bob Dole was treated for a leg infection."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after surgery to treat a serious leg infection, according to a statement released by his press office Friday.

Dole, 85, was hospitalized last week after experiencing "a sharply elevated heart rate in the middle of the night," the statement said. Doctors determined that the former presidential nominee's heart was fine, but then discovered he had open sores on both of his legs. Surgeons quickly operated and "have since performed several procedures on his left leg," according to the statement.

"I am recovering nicely thanks to the great doctors, nurses and staff at Walter Reed," Dole said in the statement. "I have been coming to Walter Reed for over 40 years and I hope to be out by my birthday, July 22. It has been painful but I think I will be fine."

The statement noted that Dole's doctors believe his legs are healing properly. They are planning to perform a skin graft on his left leg Monday if his recovery continues as expected.

A close friend of Dole insisted that the former senator is in good spirits and has been pestering associates to bring him paperwork from his office at the law firm Alston & Bird to pass the time.

While greeting military veterans at the World War II Memorial in Washington late last week, Dole noticed skin irritation on his leg that led to bleeding, according to the friend.

–CNN's Ed Henry contributed to this report

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Good for Dole that he could just go to Walter Reed Hospital for treatment. I'm happy for him. Now if only the rest of us had that kind of health care..........

    July 10, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. here we go

    At least he health insurance thanks to us taxpapers!!!!

    July 10, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    Are you aware that someone who has this same problem and has no health insurance, or cannot afford to see a doctor along with the treatment in this nation, has only one option and that option is to DIE.

    July 10, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Sharon

    Thank goodness that Mr. Dole has insurance provided by the Federal government–insurance that the taxpayers provide for him–and that he is not dependent upon some crappy policy from a commercial insurance company that "allows" you to have the drug your doctor prescribes for a $100 "copay" because it is not in the formulary put together by the insurance company even if you are allergic to all the ones in the formulary. Nor does he have to rely on Medicaid or go without insurance since he is retired. Of course, the place where he is retired from has not dumped the loyal employees who built the company when management ran the company into the ground and filed for bankruptcy! Wow, wish I had insurance like that –don't you????

    July 10, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Karen Sicard

    Lucky for him he has Heath Insurance...what about the rest of us?

    July 10, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |