Coble resting comfortably in hospital

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 14, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) is resting comfortably at George Washington University Hospital, his office announced this morning.
Doctors at the Washington, D.C., hospital told the 80-year-old congressman today that they have ruled out pneumonia or any other concern other than an upper respiratory illness. They also reconfirmed that the respiratory problem depleted his sodium levels.
Coble was admitted to the hospital Tuesday after requesting a leave of absence from his Congressional duties on Monday. His chief of staff, Ed McDonald, said Coble had been fighting a cold for more than a week and it had gotten worse when he arrived in Washington at the beginning of this week.
The physicians at George Washington University Hospital told Coble that if his sodium levels continue to improve, he could leave the hospital as soon as this Friday.