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Sununu recovering at home following hospitalization for a bleeding ulcer

By: - September 7, 2021 1:34 pm
Gov. Chris Sununu stands at a lectern outside on Friday

Gov. Chris Sununu was discharged from the hospital over the weekend. (Courtesy)

Gov. Chris Sununu is home to continue his recovery after being treated and discharged from the hospital for a bleeding ulcer, his office said in a statement.

“I’m on the mend, resting, and working from home today per doctor’s orders,” Sununu, 46, said in a statement Tuesday. “I’m grateful for the well-wishes that have poured in from Granite Staters since I was discharged from the hospital this weekend, and am thankful for all of New Hampshire’s doctors, nurses, and blood donors across our great state.”

The governor had been admitted to the Portsmouth Regional Hospital on Friday after experiencing “symptoms similar to COVID” for several days. Those symptoms, which Sununu first announced on Wednesday, had prompted the governor to postpone the Executive Council meeting scheduled for that day and receive tests for COVID-19. 

But after two antigen tests and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Wednesday registered negative results, Sununu ruled out the coronavirus. He entered the hospital on Friday for further tests. On Friday evening, Chief of Staff Jayne Millerick announced in a statement that the governor was being treated for a bleeding ulcer and had been given a blood transfusion. 

“New Hampshire is blessed with amazing health care staff and generous blood donors,” Sununu said in a statement Saturday. “Valerie and I can’t thank them enough, and are grateful for everyone’s prayers and positive outreach.”

An ulcer is a sore that typically appears in a person’s digestive tract and can produce pain, nausea, vomiting, and lightheadedness. 

All Executive Council items that had been scheduled to be voted on Sept. 1 will now be taken up at the next scheduled meeting on Sept. 15, according to Ben Vihstadt, a spokesman for the governor.

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Ethan DeWitt
Ethan DeWitt

Ethan DeWitt is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s education reporter. Previously, he worked as the New Hampshire State House reporter for the Concord Monitor, covering the state, the Legislature, and the New Hampshire presidential primary. A Westmoreland native, Ethan started his career as the politics and health care reporter at the Keene Sentinel.