DES MOINES, Iowa – Governor Terry Branstad has been released from the hospital after being hospitalized overnight with flu-like symptoms. The governor fell ill during a ribbon-cutting event at DuPont Pioneer in Johnston Monday.
“Today, at approximately 9 a.m., Governor Terry Branstad was discharged from the hospital in good condition and he is now resting comfortably at Terrace Hill,” Dr. Kevin Cunningham, the governor’s personal physician, said in a press release Tuesday. “After seeing him both Monday evening and this morning, and personally reviewing his medical tests and records, it’s my opinion as a medical professional that the incident was caused by a mild flu and dehydration. We have ruled out other contributing factors, including cardiac issues and stroke. Governor Branstad will be able to resume a normal work schedule in the near future.”
A witness said the governor had been slurring his words during his remarks and then was in physical discomfort and moaning as staff assisted.
Police provided an escort as an ambulance took Branstad to Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines for treatment.
According to a statement released by Branstad’s office, the governor was kept overnight in the hospital “out of an abundance of caution.” He is being hydrated, and is resting comfortably.
The statement also said Branstad, 68, did receive a flu shot this fall.
Another statement, released shortly before 7:00 p.m. contained a comment from Mark Purtle, M.D., chief medical officer of UnityPoint Health-Des Moines.
“After personally reviewing the governor’s medical records, with his permission, and visiting with him and his attending physicians, we believe the governor has a viral illness with dehydration. We also conducted a series of tests in which we ruled out other contributing factors, including cardiac issues. The governor is still receiving fluids and is resting comfortably.”
Planned events for the week have been canceled for Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, while both “rest and recover from seasonal illnesses.”
Branstad, who later this year will become the nation’s longest-serving governor, was sworn in for his sixth term on January 16.