By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, 92, was released from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Sept. 25 after treatment for a mild heart attack.
“The nurses and doctors of Henry Ford Hospital have heard all of John’s stories and decided it was time to release him,” his wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) said in a statement. “We thank all of them for his excellent care. We will not miss the hospital but the staff are truly unbelievable and became friends in this last week.”
Her statement continued to say, “He is planning fishing trips with several of them. The Michigan football team and the Detroit Lions wins this past weekend also greatly contributed to his healing.
“We thank everyone for the kind thoughts and prayers over the past week. Home never looked better and the doctors are amazed at his passion and strong spirit. We are lucky.”
John Dingell suffered the heart attack on Sept. 17 and was recovering at the hospital since then.
Doctors monitored his enzymes by drawing blood every few hours and conducted a other tests and possibly a heart cauterization, according to a Sept. 17 Facebook post by Debbie Dingell on her personal page.
John Dingell also was in the hospital in October 2015 when he underwent an angiogram where doctors determined he did not have a silent heart attack. In December 2014, he was also in the hospital after fracturing his hip in a fall.
The former congressman was the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, serving almost 60 years from 1955 to 2015 in Michigan’s 15th, 16th and 12th districts.
He retired in 2014, with Debbie Dingell succeeding him after she won the 12th District House seat during the November 2014 general election.
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