Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fumo leaves hospital, back in prison

Former Democratic State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo was back at his Kentucky prison Friday after a visit to a nearby hospital to investigate three heart blockages discovered during a checkup.

Fumo leaves hospital, back in prison

Former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, seen leaving court in 2009. MATT ROURKE / Associated Press
Former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, seen leaving court in 2009. MATT ROURKE / Associated Press

Former Democratic State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo was back at his Kentucky prison Friday after a visit to a nearby hospital to investigate three heart blockages discovered during a checkup.

Doctors have recommended that Fumo, 69, have heart bypass surgery to deal with one, in which an artery is 95 percent closed. Congressman Bob Brady said he had talked to members of Fumo’s family who said they were trying to determine where to have the surgery.

Fumo’s family had hoped to have him treated at a hospital in Philadelphia, but that will be difficult because he is a federal prisoner. Another source who asked not to be named said Fumo would have to go to a hospital near the prison. The 69-year-old former senator is serving a 5-year sentence on multiple charges related to defrauding the state Senate, a nonprofit he helped found, and the Independence Seaport Museum.

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