Dole back in hospital

Jan. 9, 2011 at 2:22 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole issued a statement Saturday saying he was back in a Washington hospital where he was being treated for a fever.

ABC News Radio reported the 87-year-old Kansas Republican initially had been admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center Tuesday evening and was discharged Friday morning. He then went back to the hospital when his fever returned.

"I was examined, treated and discharged Friday when everything looked clear," CNN reported Dole said in a statement issued by Alston & Bird, the law firm where he is special counsel. "After a recurrence of a fever I decided to stop by the George Washington University Hospital nearby then return to Walter Reed Friday evening for further examination."

"Overall I feel good today and I am grateful for the tremendous care I have received and continue to receive at Walter Reed Army Medical Center," Dole said in his statement.

Dole spent a large part of the past year at Walter Reed, undergoing two knee surgeries and three bouts of pneumonia, ABC said.

Dole, a World War II veteran, served in the Senate from 1969-96. He was the Republican nominee for president in 1996, losing to Bill Clinton.

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