Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch's health is declining, Staff says "taking a turn for the worse"

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Posted at 1:57 PM, Apr 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-07 13:57:52-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The health of Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch appears to be taking a turn for the worse.

Busch announced last week that he had pneumonia. Alexandra Hughes, Busch’s chief of staff, said in a statement Sunday that Busch’s “breathing had taken a significant turn for the worse.”

She said Busch made the decision to use a ventilator to help his breathing. She added that “his condition has worsened over the past few hours.”

Busch said he developed a case of pneumonia after a follow-up health procedure to his 2017 liver transplant.

The Governor released the following statement:

In addition to a liver transplant in 2017, the 72-year-old speaker had bypass surgery last year. He’s the longest serving House speaker in the state’s history.