George McGovern hospitalized after South Dakota fall, before the C-SPAN TV interview, reports say

By on Dec 3, 2011 in International, Politics, Television, United States Comments

Former South Dakota senator George McGovern was hospitalized on Friday, December 2, 2011 after falling and hitting his head that night at a nearby university.



Former Senator George McGovern
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According to US news sites on Saturday, an unnamed nursing staff said that George McGovern was required to be transferred to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota after the fall.

As noted in reports, the 89-year-old politician fell at around 7:15 p.m. CT, only a few hours before his scheduled TV interview by C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network).

The former South Dakota senator reportedly fell outside a library bearing his name, at Dakota Wesleyan University that night and hit his head on the cement. He remained conscious but was said to have been “bleeding profusely”.

McGovern, who has been also a Democratic presidential candidate in 1972, was said to have been originally brought to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital but was required to be transferred due to his condition.

“He (McGovern) is in “guarded condition … not in critical condition, but his injuries bear watching,” a hospital staffer was quoted at CNN, who wished not to be unidentified since she is not authorized to talk.

In a post by Dakota Wesleyan University on its official website, the life and career of George McGovern will be tackled at C-SPAN‘s series titled “The Contenders: They Lost the Election But Changed Political History“.



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