Thurmond Decides To Rest Longer In Hospital
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Dec. 31) -- Sen. Strom Thurmond, hospitalized for a respiratory infection, has been given permission to go home by his doctors but has elected to stay in the hospital for a couple more days.
A Thurmond aide, John DeCosta, said the 95-year-old senator from South Carolina has decided it would be good to get more rest at the Eisenhower Medical Center at Fort Gordon.
"He is free to go, but he has decided to stay a little longer," said DeCosta. "The doctors said his infection has run its course but he feels he needs more rest and Eisenhower is the place to get it."
Thurmond, who was spending the holidays at his Aiken, S.C., home, was admitted to the hospital Sunday after complaining of laryngitis and a bad cough.
DeCosta said once Thurmond decides to leave the hospital, he will return to Washington.
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