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Inouye remains hospitalized indefinitely with breathing illness

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:12 p.m. HST, Dec 16, 2012

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye remains hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and there is still no indication as to when he will be released, his deputy chief of staff said tonight. 

“He is stable and communicating with his doctors and family,” Peter Boylan said. “Unfortunately, he is fighting respiratory complications as work is being done to stabilize his supplemental oxygen requirements. At this time, there is no time table for his release."

Inouye, 88, was hospitalized at George Washington University Hospital on Dec. 6 after fainting in one of his Senate offices. He was moved to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Dec. 9. 

The Hawaii Democrat has been using an oxygen supplement for the past several months and said in a past statement that he is working with his doctors to regulate his oxygen intake.

Inouye was taken to the Bethesda Naval Hospital on Nov. 15 to receive treatment for a minor cut he sustained on the back of his head after falling at his Maryland home. He was released that day.

Boylan said Inouye’s family and loved ones are overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection and good wishes for his recovery. 

“We ask that the people of Hawaii and the nation keep the senator in their thoughts and prayers," he said.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Best wishes and the kindest thoughts. Hope this is just a step along the way back to good health.
on December 16,2012 | 06:52PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
"that if I ever felt that I'm physically not up to it, or mentally deficient, I would quit."...................i believe you Dan.
on December 17,2012 | 12:37AM
AniMatsuri wrote:
Hopefully he gets through this. Maybe afterwards its time to call it a career?
on December 16,2012 | 07:36PM
Changalang wrote:
The time may be coming to pass the torch forward to Senator Schatz via gubernatorial appointment for the remainder of the term. We don't need another long term life support scenario a la Rep. Mink. A war hero like Dan deserves a better ending. Let's all hope that the courage and inner strength of Dan can pull him back to full recovery. Live or die; Hawaii must now plan for a post Dan economy, for he was been the lynch pin for the whole Congressional delegation of Hawaii and > 15% of Federal spending. Hawaii may soon find itself a State that must walk alone. The sooner we move past the fear together, the better the path FORWARD will be illuminated for Hawaii's future.
on December 16,2012 | 07:47PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Changalang where have you been, we have missed you.
on December 17,2012 | 12:35AM
niimi wrote:
When an old body gets into a state of not enough oxygen in the blood, frequently the person does not live long. Without a certain oxygen level in the blood the body is unable to effectively absorb oxygen to carry throughout the body. Translation: the internal organs are progressively starved of oxygen and they start to shut down, one organ at a time. I really hope and wish for Senator Inouye to achieve a speedy recovery. But I'm also aware of what can become a touch and go period for our great Senator. Prayers.
on December 16,2012 | 11:04PM
niimi wrote:
As I said yesterday, his health was in question. Now we know. May the honorable Senator Inouye rest in peace.
on December 17,2012 | 03:34PM
ichiban wrote:
If D. Inouye has to cut his term in office short I hope the gubernatorial appointment is NOT MUFI. Anybody but Mufi. He doesn't keep promises. Hoping for a speedy recovery for Sen. Inouye.
on December 17,2012 | 12:33AM
mcc wrote:
Now our senior senator is Mazie.. Hawaii politics at it's best for not giving us a REAL choice last election. You get what you vote for.
on December 17,2012 | 06:26AM
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