Governor feeling 'poorly,' sent to Anchorage hospital

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003

Gov. Frank Murkowski was flown from Juneau to an Anchorage hospital for evaluation Wednesday night after 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, according to a press statement.

The governor "felt poorly" Wednesday morning and decided to see a doctor, the statement said. He was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital where physicians "did not find anything wrong" but "referred him to Providence Hospital in Anchorage, just to be safe," said the statement issued by Jim Clark, Murkowski's chief of staff.

He traveled on a Life Flight "because he is the governor," Clark said.

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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