Rep. Joe Wilson released from hospital
August 27th, 2011
03:08 PM ET
9 years ago

Rep. Joe Wilson released from hospital

(CNN) – South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson was released from the hospital Saturday after being treated five days for an extended fever and "chronic viral-type infection," according to information released by his staff.

Last week, when Wilson's office announced that a series of appearances in his district would be rescheduled, they initially attributed his illness "to his recent possible contraction of Lyme disease."

Speaking to Kevin Cohen's radio show from his Lexington Medical Center hospital room Friday evening, the Republican congressman said, "Initially I thought it was due to a tick bite in the yard – I love working in the yard – but that wasn't it."

What Wilson thought was a tick bite turned out to be a little rash. He said he started feeling ill two weeks ago after spending a lot of time in the sun, first at the Pelion Peanut Party with his grandsons followed by a funeral in Orangeburg.

"I just thought that being in the sun all morning that I'd gotten overheated. But then I realized I had a fever, it's a low grade fever, and then I went to our family doctor," Wilson said on WVOC-560 AM.

Wilson was admitted to the West Columbia hospital last Monday and started undergoing a battery of tests to diagnose the infection that led to the fever.

"I'm learning things that hopefully will be helpful for other people. That is, it is not unusual to not be able to identify what the problem is and that after a period of time it will simply go away," Wilson said.

Wilson, a conservative Republican, is perhaps best known for shouting "You lie!" at President Barack Obama as the latter addressed a joint session of Congress in 2009. Wilson later apologized and was formally admonished by the House of Representatives.

W. Eric Dell, Wilson's chief of staff and counsel, said the congresman was released from the hospital in the early afternoon Saturday and is feeling better.

Wilson said on the radio show he anticipates a speedy recovery and is looking forward to his annual district bus tour rescheduled for September 26-30th. "I truly enjoy fulfilling the pledge I made to be accountable and accessible," he said.

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. jack johnson

    Good thing he has good insurance that WE THE TAX PAYERS pay for (NOT THE BIG BUSINESSES).

    August 27, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  2. George

    Racist piece of garbage.

    August 27, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Let's hope he does the right thing and refuse to use that Communist, Socialist medical insurance that was forced upon him by Obama and the left wing liberals. He should keep his word and pay all of his medical bills out of pocket like he wants us to.

    August 27, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  4. bill486

    Nothing wrong with him a lobotomy couldn't take care of...then he might join the Tea Party.

    August 27, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. pmk1953

    Maybe he's developed an allergy to either tea or Sarah Palin.

    August 27, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  6. mark

    Conservative from South Carolina? What you really mean is racist from hell.

    August 27, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. Marla

    Lyme Disease and autoimmune diseases, such as Lupus, are often confused with each other. I hope that he continues to suffer with those symptoms and begins to realize what life is like for those who suffer from chronic diseases and have no insurance, which forces them to choose between food and meds.
    We need universal healthcare in this country!

    August 28, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  8. dave

    lucky for him he had health insurance. hope he doesn't try to deprive others of theirs by overturning the healthcare bill.

    August 28, 2011 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  9. peakarach

    Karma is real people.

    August 28, 2011 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  10. PhonyRepubs

    Who cares about this goon Joe Wilson. He is dispicable Anyone who disrepects the President of the U.S. IS despicible no matter what party he serves...
    Oh, & please let's get the facts straight... It was Obama's grandfather, Stanley Dunham ,who enlisted in WW11, not Obama's father. Obama was raised by his grandfather at a very young age and called him "father." Wouldn't anyone. Sounds good to me.

    August 28, 2011 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  11. Starstuff

    The doctors don't know... it could be a tumor.

    August 28, 2011 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  12. Cigarman

    All Politicians LIE,especially Joe Wilson. There should be a political Rule or law, that if a politician is caught in a lie, that person goes on trial for treason to the United States. Look at all of the jobs that would be created, more courtrooms Bailiffs, cops etc because we would hav to have trials twenty four hours a day seven days a week to prosecute politicians for there lies. LOL LOL LO L

    August 28, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  13. Clwyd

    I didn't know there were ticks in the Capitol Building! But then with all the sick republicans I guess we know where he might have come down with his sickness. If he really was sick??????????

    August 28, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  14. johnmccain

    New age imbecile,
    There are four comments and one of them is funny. The others are licking his flowers, including you. What are you complaining about? Joe Wilson is despicable, not good person, pandering to the uneducated. Just because he is ill, he needs to be treated with gloves? Come on. How many legislation did he propose for the good of his constituents? He has done nothing, just being an inappropriate child in the adults' room, a schoolyard bully.
    On the other hand, he was enjoying government care, well that is what he would have to refuse and pay out of pocket. He enjoyed the government help YOU supported. Calling no retirement? Tell it to Joe Wilson to refuse it once his term is up. He would be the most upset...
    I guess, you get my point.

    August 28, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
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