Congressman John Rutherford, the first-term Jacksonville Republican who had a medical emergency in Washington Wednesday, is “on his way to a full and swift recovery,” his chief of staff said.
Expectations are that Rutherford will be out of the hospital next week.
Kelly Simpson, Congressman Rutherford’s Chief of Staff, said, “Congressman Rutherford’s recovery continues to go very well. He remains at a local hospital for rest, treatment, and observation.
“Doctors treating Mr. Rutherford believe that the acute digestive flare up that generated the discomfort he experienced was caused by a serious allergic reaction to an antibiotic that he was taking for a cold,” Simpson added, noting this is not a long-term health concern for the congressman.
“The doctors continue to treat his inflammation and expect him to be released early next week as the inflammation continues to subside,” Simpson added.
These reports are a vast improvement from the real health scare just days before.
The 64-year-old, elected in November, had collapsed in the House of Representatives, according to reports.
The former Jacksonville sheriff was then “wheeled out of the House chamber on a stretcher to a nearby elevator and taken to the hospital. He appeared to be receiving oxygen through a mask,” The Hill reported.