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Ex-Gov. George Wallace Hospitalized

September 10, 1998

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Former Gov. George Wallace was hospitalized today in critical condition from respiratory problems and a severe infection.

The 79-year-old Wallace was taken to Jackson Hospital by ambulance in the morning and admitted to the intensive care unit, where officials said he was suffering from septic shock.

Hospital spokeswoman Victoria Jones described septic shock as ``an overwhelming bacterial blood infection.″

Although in critical, Wallace’s vital signs appeared to have improved from the time of his arrival, Mrs. Jones said at mid-morning.

``Governor Wallace is alert and talking to his family,″ she said.

Wallace was suffering from acute respiratory distress and high blood pressure when he arrived, according to doctors. He was being treated with antibiotics and the cause of the infection had yet to be determined.

George Wallace Jr., who normally serves as the family spokesman when the former governor is hospitalized, was with his father and unavailable for comment.

Wallace was in the same hospital from July 29 to Aug. 2 for breathing difficulties.

The four-term governor suffers from Parkinson’s disease and had been paralyzed from the waist down since the 1972 assassination attempt while he was running for president. Numerous complications from the paralysis have sent him to the hospital over the years.

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