US Secretary of Defense moved to intensive care unit

US Secretary of Defense moved to intensive care unit

DAmerican Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has been transferred to the intensive care unit after being admitted to a military hospital near Washington. After a series of tests and examinations, he will continue to be cared for and monitored closely, the hospital said in a statement on Sunday evening (local time).

Doctors added that the current bladder problem is not expected to affect his expected full recovery. The prognosis for his cancer remains excellent. At this point, it is not clear how long the 70-year-old minister will stay in the hospital.

Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder initially announced that Austin had been taken to a military hospital near Washington with symptoms of an acute bladder problem. He has the necessary means of communication with him to carry out his tasks from the hospital. A few hours later it was said that deputy Kathleen Hicks had taken over his duties.

Austin only returned to work at the Pentagon at the end of January after a lengthy period of illness. At the beginning of the year he came under heavy criticism for keeping a secret about prostate cancer and a hospital stay following complications from a procedure.

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