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Lloyd Austin released from hospital after prostate surgery complications

Jan 15

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday, Jan. 15, after receiving non-surgical care and evaluations. Austin’s doctors released a statement indicating significant progress and a positive outlook for a full recovery.

According to the doctors’ statement, Austin showed improvement throughout his stay, and he has been sent home with planned physical therapy and regular follow-ups. The medical team expects a complete recovery.

This discharge follows a two-week recovery period from complications related to prostate cancer surgery. During this time, Austin faced scrutiny for keeping his health condition a secret from senior Biden administration leaders, a move President Biden referred to as a “lapse in judgment.”

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks assumed Austin’s duties earlier this month, a transition that occurred before the White House was aware of his hospitalization. Austin has since resumed his duties.

In response to the situation, the Defense Department’s Inspector General announced a review to examine the handling of Secretary Austin’s hospitalization. The review’s focus is to assess whether DOD policies and procedures ensure timely notifications and a smooth transition of authorities in relevant situations.

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[LAUREN TAYLOR]

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LLOYD AUSTIN WAS RELEASED MONDAY FROM WALTER REED MEDICAL CENTER AFTER NON-SURGICAL CARE AND EVALUATIONS.

AUSTIN’S DOCTORS RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING QUOTE:

Secretary Austin progressed well throughout his stay and his strength is rebounding. He was discharged home with planned physical therapy and regular follow up. The Secretary is expected to make a full recovery.

THE DISCHARGE FOLLOWS A TWO-WEEK RECOVERY FROM COMPLICATIONS ARISING FROM PROSTATE CANCER SURGERY. DURING THIS TIME AUSTIN WAS SCRUTINIZED FOR KEEPING HIS HEALTH A SECRET FROM SENIOR BIDEN ADMINISTRATION LEADERS — A MOVE BIDEN CALLS A “LAPSE IN JUDGMENT”

DEPUTY DEFENSE SECRETARY KATHLEEN HICKS TOOK OVER AUSTIN’S DUTIES EARLIER THIS MONTH, BEFORE THE WHITE HOUSE KNEW ABOUT HIS HOSPITALIZATION. AUSTIN HAS NOW RESUMED HIS DUTIES.

THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT’S INSPECTOR GENERAL ANNOUNCED A REVIEW TO EXAMINE THE HANDLING OF the DEFENSE SECRETARIES HOSPITALIZATION.

THE REVIEW WILL ASSESS WHETHER THE D-O-D’S POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ENSURE TIMELY AND APPROPRIATE NOTIFICATIONS AS WELL AS THE SMOOTH TRANSITION OF AUTHORITIES IN RELEVANT SITUATIONS.