Rep. Carney facing new health challenge with cancer

June 13, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A longtime North Carolina lawmaker who’s suffered heart troubles for years that nearly caused her death at the Legislative Building is facing a new health challenge.

Eight-term Rep. Becky Carney of Charlotte told colleagues on the House floor Wednesday she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. Carney says she’s already had surgery and will undergo chemotherapy starting next week. Carney says the cancer isn’t a “death sentence.”

In 2009, Carney went into cardiac arrest in her legislative office, ultimately needing CPR and a defibrillator to restart her heart. Then she had open heart surgery in 2015 and now carries a small backpack containing a mechanical pump that assists with blood flow.

The 73-year-old Carney is seeking re-election in November.

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