Ogan's medical condition improving

Posted: Tuesday, April 02, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan's health continues to improve. Seventeen days after the Palmer Republican suffered a major heart attack, he is no longer under sedation and is breathing without help from a respirator, said his Juneau aide, Linda Hay.

About 15 percent of Ogan's heart has been damaged, said Rep. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, who visited Ogan on Saturday at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Doctors are not predicting a full recovery, but they speculate he will be able to hike, hunt and fish and, ultimately, resume his job as a legislator, Dyson said.

Ogan suffered the heart attack March 16 at his home in Palmer.

He remains in the Providence Coronary Care Unit. His condition has been upgraded from critical in the days immediately after the attack to fair Monday, a nursing supervisor said.

Ogan said he hopes to return to Juneau by the end of the month, Hay said.

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