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Doctors Remove Appendix from Interior Secretary Hodel

June 25, 1986

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Secretary of the Interior Donald Hodel was resting comfortably in a New York City hospital today after a successful appendectomy, his press secretary said.

Doctors removed Hodel’s appendix, which had not burst, at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, said David Prosperi, Hodel’s spokesman.

Hodel was listed in stable condition today, hospital spokeswoman Catherine Rohan said.

The secretary had been admitted to the hospital Monday evening after experiencing ″significant abdominal pain″ during a dinner with the editorial board of the National Review, a conservative magazine, he said.

″Secretary Hodel is resting comfortably and is expected to return to Washington after a relatively short stay in hospital,″ Prosperi said. ″I was told the doctors were very pleased when they examined him this morning.″

Prosperi said Hodel’s appendectomy marks the second centennial celebration with which the secretary is involved.

″The first is the celebration of the Statue of Liberty. The second is the celebration of the first appendectomy performed in the country by the Roosevelt division of the hospital 100 years ago,″ Prosperi said.

″Obviously the second celebration wasn’t planned,″ he said.

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