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Kookesh condition upgraded to ‘fair’

Fmr. state sen. was hospitalized after heart attack

Posted: February 26, 2013 - 1:06am

A week after suffering a heart attack in Juneau and being flown to Anchorage for medical care, former state Sen. Albert Kookesh is listed by Providence Alaska Medical Center in fair condition as of this Monday.

Kookesh was initially listed in critical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman last week.

“Fair” is the second least severe status out of four that Providence Alaska Medical Center may use to describe a patient, while “critical” is the most severe.

Family and friends said Kookesh had a heart attack last Monday while waiting to board a flight at Juneau International Airport.

Kookesh, 64, represented a largely rural part of Southeast Alaska in the Alaska Senate as a Democrat from Angoon prior to his defeat by Sitka Republican Sen. Bert Stedman last year.

Kookesh is currently chairman of the Sealaska Corp. board of directors.

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