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    THE CONDITION OF FORMER PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, NOW IN THE WALTER REED HOSPITAL, WASHINGTON,?

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    OFFICER READS STATEMENTS.



    TRANSCRIPT: OFFICER: "GENERAL EISENHOWER HAS REMAINED IN CRITICAL CONDITIONS SINCE THE PREVIOUS BULLETIN. DURING THE PAST SEVENTEEN HOURS HE HAS SUSTAINED TWO EPISODES OF RAPID IRREGULAR HEART ACTION (VENTRICULAR FIBRILLATION). BOTH EPISODES WERE TERMINATED PROMPTLY BY ELECTRICAL MEANS (DEFIBRILLATION).



    "THE GENERAL WAS BRIEFLY UNCONSCIOUS DURING BOTH EPISODES, BUT REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS IMMEDIATELY, IS ALERT, AND HAS NO EVIDENCE OF BRAIN DAMAGE. IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE TREATMENT, HE IS ALSO RECEIVING CONTINUOUS MEDICATION DIRECTED AT MAINTAINING NORMAL HEART RHYTHM. HE HAS RECEIVED OXYGEN CONTINUOUSLY. HIS SUITE IS FULLY EQUIPPED TO HANDLE ALL MEDICAL CONTINGENCIES.



    "A TEAM OF DOCTORS AND NURSES IS IN CONSTANT ATTENDANCE. THE OCCURRENCE OF THESE EPISODES OF IRREGULAR HEART ACTION IS OF INCREASING CONCERN TO HIS PHYSICIANS.



    "MEMBERS OF THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY ARE REMAINING AT WALTER REED. MRS. EISENHOWER VISITS AT THE BEDSIDE FREQUENTLY IN RESPONSE TO THE GENERAL'S REQUEST."



    OFFICER: "GENERAL EISENHOWER REMAINS IN EXTREMELY CRITICAL CONDITION. FOUR EPISODES OF VENTRICULAR FIBRILLATION HAVE OCCURRED IN THE PAST 27 HOURS, ALL PROMPTLY AND READILY CONTROLLED BY ELECTRICAL TREATMENT. DRUG THERAPY TO CONTROL THE HEART IRRITABILITY HAS BEEN CONTINUED."




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    Background: THE CONDITION OF FORMER PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, NOW IN THE WALTER REED HOSPITAL, WASHINGTON, AFTER A SERIES OF HEART ATTACKS, IS CAUSING CONCERN TO HIS PHYSICIANS.

    THE EX-PRESIDENT, ALTHOUGH SUFFERING A SERIES OF ATTACKS, IS, HOWEVER, STILL LUCID AND SHOWING NO SIGNS OF BRAIN DAMAGE.

    GENERAL EISENHOWER, AGED 77, WAS TAKEN ILL SOON AFTER ADDRESSING THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CONVENTION LAST WEEK. HE HAS PREVIOUSLY SUFFERED A NUMBER OF HEART ATTACKS AND IS NOW UNDERGOING INTENSIVE TREATMENT IN THE WALTER REED ARMY HOSPITAL. MRS. EISENHOWER IS AT HIS BEDSIDE.

    YESTERDAY, AN ARMY MEDICAL OFFICER MADE TWO STATEMENTS ON THE GENERAL'S CONDITION. IN THE FIRST, AT 10 A.M., HE SAID.

    SIX HOURS LATER, THE OFFICER MADE A FURTHER STATEMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAZAKKZDEGRSN9BYNZJUZKUGTW
    Media URN:
    VLVAZAKKZDEGRSN9BYNZJUZKUGTW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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