Murkowski flown to Anchorage hospital

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski was flown to an Anchorage hospital for evaluation Wednesday night after apparently suffering dehydration, his office said.

Murkowski, 70, became dehydrated during a return flight from Fairbanks to Juneau on Tuesday, the fifth day of a speaking tour around the state, said a press statement issued Wednesday.

The governor was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage on a medical flight on the advice of doctors in Juneau, said the statement issued by Jim Clark, his chief of staff.

''The doctors here (in Juneau) did not find anything wrong, and have referred him to Providence hospital in Anchorage, just to be safe,'' Clark said in the statement. ''He will be flying on a Life Flight because he is the governor.''

Murkowski was admitted to the hospital and was expected to undergo ''routine medical tests,'' a spokesman said.

The governor has been on a low-carbohydrate diet, made famous by its promoter Dr. Robert Atkins, since early March. He said last week that he had lost 14 pounds since he began the diet. Murkowski's spokesman John Manly said he's not aware of the governor having any medical problems.



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