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US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin Hospitalized with Suspected Bladder Problems at Walter Reed


Feb 12, 2024
Pentagon leader hospitalized again a month after previous discharge

Lloyd Austin, the US Secretary of Defense, has been hospitalized with suspected bladder problems. This was announced by Pentagon press secretary Patrick Ryder in a statement released on Thursday afternoon. According to the press release, at approximately 2:20 p.m. local time, Lloyd Austin was taken to Walter Reed for evaluation due to symptoms consistent with bladder problems.

Despite being in the hospital, Lloyd Austin continues to perform his duties and has access to all open and secret communication channels. The hospitalization of the Secretary of Defense was reported to his Deputy Kathleen Hicks and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Charles Brown, as well as the White House and Congress.

This hospitalization comes after Lloyd Austin was released from the hospital on January 15 after treatment for prostate cancer, which was diagnosed at an early stage. The Pentagon press service reported that the Secretary of Defense did not require any additional treatment.

Lloyd Austin is 70 years old and has been heading up the Pentagon since January 2021. In early December, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent a prostatectomy on December 22. On January 1, he experienced complications that led to readmission to the hospital.

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