Wednesday, February 15, 2006
AP: Whittington to remain hospitalized a week - Feb. 15
By LYNN BREZOSKY, Associated Press Writer -- Wednesday, 49 minutes ago
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The lawyer (profiled at left) shot by Vice Presidentduring a hunting accident is expected to stay in the hospital for about a week after suffering a mild heart attack when a shotgun pellet in his chest traveled to his heart.
Harry Whittington, 78, who was moved back to the intensive care unit Tuesday after the heart attack, will be watched to make sure more metal pellets do not reach other vital organs, hospital officials said. The 78-year-old was reported in stable condition.
Doctors at Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial said Whittington suffered a "silent heart attack" obstructed blood flow, but without the classic heart-attack symptoms of pain and pressure.
Doctors said they decided to leave the pellet alone rather than operate to remove it. They said they are highly optimistic Whittington will recover and live a healthy life with the pellet in him.
Hospital officials said they were not concerned about the six to 200 other pieces of birdshot that might still be lodged in his body.
Cheney was using 7 1/2 shot from a 28-gauge shotgun. Shotgun pellets typically are made of steel or lead; the pellets in 7 1/2 shot are just under one-tenth of an inch in diameter.
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