McCain un­der­goes surgery

Sen­a­tor sta­ble fol­low­ing treat­ment for in­fec­tion

The Arizona Republic - - Front Page - Dan Nowicki and Ron­ald J. Hansen

Sen. John McCain is in sta­ble con­di­tion af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery for an in­testi­nal in­fec­tion re­lated to di­ver­ti­c­uli­tis, his fam­ily and Se­nate of­fice said Mon­day.

McCain, 81, who is bat­tling a deadly form of brain cancer, has been in Ari­zona since Dec. 17.

His fam­ily of­fered hope­ful mes­sages Mon­day.

Cindy McCain, McCain’s wife, said on Twit­ter that McCain was “do­ing well af­ter his surgery” and that they were “look­ing for­ward to get­ting back to Hid­den Val­ley,” the fam­ily’s prop­erty in Cornville, near Se­dona.

Meghan McCain, the cou­ple’s daugh­ter, tweeted that McCain “is in sta­ble con­di­tion — he con­tin­ues to in­spire me ev­ery­day with his in­tense grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion. Thank you to the doc­tors at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and to ev­ery­one who is pray­ing for him.”

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ari­zona, said he had dis­cussed McCain’s con­di­tion with Cindy McCain and said, “I look for­ward to see­ing him again.”

Di­ver­ti­c­uli­tis is an in­testi­nal con­di­tion in which pouches form to ob­struct the colon wall. It can bring on pain and nausea and, in se­vere cases, re­quires surgery, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the Mayo Clinic.

While his fam­ily and col­league of­fered rel­a­tively up­beat as­sess­ments, McCain’s of­fice is­sued its first of­fi­cial update on the six-term Ari­zona Repub­li­can’s health since last year: “On Sun­day, Sen­a­tor McCain was ad­mit­ted to Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Ari­zona, and un­der­went surgery to treat an in­testi­nal in­fec­tion re­lated to di­ver­ti­c­uli­tis. He is in sta­ble con­di­tion.

“Over the last few months, Sen­a­tor McCain has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in phys­i­cal ther­apy at his home in Cornville, Ari­zona, as he re­cov­ers from the side ef­fects of cancer treat­ment. He has re­mained en­gaged on his work as Chair­man of the Se­nate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, and has en­joyed fre­quent vis­its from his fam­ily, friends, staff and Se­nate col­leagues.

“Sen­a­tor McCain and his fam­ily are grate­ful to the sen­a­tor’s ex­cel­lent care team, and ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port and prayers they con­tinue to re­ceive from peo­ple all over the coun­try.”

McCain dis­closed in July that he had been di­ag­nosed with glioblas­toma, an ag­gres­sive form of brain cancer. Since then, he has bat­tled other health is­sues. In Novem­ber, his of­fice re­ported at the time that the sen­a­tor had suf­fered a mi­nor tear in his right Achilles ten­don, lead­ing him to wear a walk­ing cast.

He also was hos­pi­tal­ized in De­cem­ber for a vi­ral in­fec­tion and for side ef­fects to his on­go­ing chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion treat­ment.

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