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Congressman Rallies In Washington Hospital, Still Critical

May 6, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Rep. Stewart B. McKinney, R-Conn., has improved slightly but remained in critical condition in a Washington hospital Tuesday suffering from an ongoing respiratory tract infection, an aide said.

Diane Brockett, press secretary to the 56-year-old congressman, said doctors had taken McKinney off heavy sedatives and cut down on a respirator volume. Doctors said they were beginning to get the infection under control, Brockett said.

McKinney, a heavy smoker, has suffered a series of serious medical problems, including a heart attack in 1977. He had double-bypass heart surgery after that, and in November 1985, he was hospitalized for double pneumonia.

The nine-term congressman was admitted to the hospital April 22 for tests after suffering gastroenteritis, possibly caused by food poisoning.

Brockett said the food poisoning was irritated by McKinney’s chronic bronchitis and a severe cold.

McKinney has been tested for cancer. Brockett said some of the tests have come back, but McKinney’s family will not release results.

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