Friends Visit Ailing Rep. Moakley
May. 26, 2001
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Family members gathered at the bedside of Rep. J. Joseph Moakley, who is fighting incurable leukemia and has spent nearly a week in the hospital.
Kevin Ryan, Moakley's chief of staff, said the 74-year-old congressman was in stable condition at Bethesda Naval Hospital in suburban Maryland. Moakley, D-Mass., has been hospitalized since Monday, when he was admitted for a routine blood transfusion treatment that typically lasts a day or two.
A hospital spokesman did not immediately return a message Saturday.
Moakley's two brothers arrived from Massachusetts to keep vigil. Staff and lawmakers had spent time with the ailing congressman.
``We're all just really upset at what he's going through,'' Rep. Martin Meehan, D-Mass., told a Boston television station during a visit to the hospital. ``We all have a heavy heart right now.''
Rep. James McGovern, a former Moakley aide, also visited.
Moakley was hospitalized at Bethesda for three days in April for a high fever.
Moakley announced Feb. 12 that he had an incurable form of leukemia and would not run for a 16th term. He has had several health problems over the years, including a liver transplant, removal of most of his kidneys and a right hip replacement.
He nearly retired in 1995 when his health slipped and his wife, Evelyn, became sick with a brain tumor. With her encouragement, he stayed on the job. She died that year.