December 12th, 2010
07:08 PM ET
12 years ago

Holbrooke in critical but stable condition

Washington (CNN) - U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke was in critical but stable condition Sunday at George Washington University Hospital, a state department official said. Holbrooke fell ill Friday morning, subsequently had surgery to repair a tear in his aorta and was in critical condition on Saturday.

Appearing earlier in the day on the CNN program "State of the Union," senior White House adviser David Axelrod said that Holbrooke was "fighting" the heart problem at George Washington University Hospital. He called President Barack Obama's special representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan "a very tough person."

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