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Governor resumes power after blood clot removal

March 11, 2006

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— Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who was recovering well after having most of a blood clot removed from his chest and arm, resumed his gubernatorial powers Friday afternoon.

Fletcher had transferred power to Lt. Gov. Steve Pence before undergoing the procedure, which involved a suction-powered catheter, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

A doctor said Fletcher no longer needs intensive care unit attention, but it wasn't immediately clear when Fletcher would be moved out of the ICU.

The governor will be put on blood-thinning medicines and probably will go home in a couple of days, said Dr. Dale Absher, an interventional radiologist at the hospital.

Much of the clot was removed Thursday in the governor's second hospital stay in a month, and most of the rest was removed Friday, Absher said.

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