RUTH RENDON and RICHARD STEWART
August 13, 2008
Carol Paul, wife of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, remains in the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital this morning after having her third surgery in a week.
“Carol’s surgery was successful. We are not out of the woods yet, but signs look very positive,” spokesman Jesse Benton said in a message on a Ron Paul Web site.
Benton also said doctors may remove a breathing tube today.
Carol Paul, 72, was hospitalized on Thursday, but Benton and other spokespeople for the congressman would not say at which hospital she is being treated or for what she is being treated.
“We’re trying to protect her privacy,” said Ron Paul’s congressional spokeswoman, Rachel Mills.
Carol Paul, who is known as Luvie by her family and many of those in Brazoria County, had surgery in Iowa last year after being hospitalized for shortness of breath and low blood pressure while campaigning with her husband. Doctors installed a heart pacemaker at the time.
Ron Paul, R-Lake Jackson, was the Libertarian Party nominee for president in 1988 and ran unsuccessfully for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.
His campaign drew support from Republicans, independents and Democrats.