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Hospital releases Dole after post-surgical infection

July 13, 2001

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— Former Sen. Bob Dole is back at home, recovering from an infection that developed after surgery to treat an aneurysm.

"He's doing great," Dole spokesman Doug MacKinnon said Thursday. "He's working from home, trying to rest up. He's putting himself under house arrest for 10 days."

Dole, 77, was admitted Tuesday and discharged Wednesday from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, MacKinnon said.

The infection developed from the incision in his groin where doctors at the Cleveland Clinic inserted a tube as part of an experimental procedure on June 28.

The procedure avoided a major abdominal incision to repair the aneurysm, a weakening in the wall of a blood vessel that in the aorta can burst and kill nearly instantly.

Dole's condition, abdominal aortic aneurysm, affects about 1.5 million older Americans annually.

MacKinnon had said the infection was a known complication and was drained without a problem.

The former Kansas senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee has a pending checkup at the Cleveland Clinic.

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