Iowa Gov. Branstad ‘Alert’ And ‘Resting’ In Hospital After Collapse

January 26, 2015 2:16 pm

This post has been updated.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) is “alert and resting comfortably” at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center after he collapsed at the opening of a DuPont Pioneer facility in Johnson on Monday.

Bransstad spokesman Jimmy Centers said the governor will remain in the hospital overnight “out of an abundance of caution.”

“He is being observed and hydrated after having flu-like symptoms. The governor did have a flu shot this season,” Centers said in a statement Monday afternoon.

Branstad was taken to the hospital after he collapsed Monday afternoon. Centers said in an earlier statement that Branstad “had been suffering from the effects of a cold.”

Bransstad spokesman Jimmy Centers said the governor was suffering from “a seasonal illness.”

“The governor is conscious and alert and was so during the transport to the hospital. During the transport, paramedics took the governor’s vitals and initial tests indicate that the spell was caused by a seasonal illness,” Centers said Monday afternoon.

According to the Des Moines Register, Branstad began to stumble and wobble during his speech. Someone at the event got a chair for Branstad, and he was laid on the ground before the ambulance arrived.

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