– The US Secretary of Defense was transferred to the intensive care unit
His security detail took him to a military clinic near Washington with symptoms of a severe bladder problem. He is in the intensive care unit for observation.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was transferred to intensive care after being admitted to a military hospital near Washington. After a series of tests and examinations, he will continue to be closely cared for and monitored, according to a statement issued by the hospital on Sunday evening (local time). Doctors added that the current bladder problem is not expected to affect his expected full recovery. His cancer prognosis remains excellent.
At this stage, it is not clear how long the minister (70 years old) will remain in the hospital. Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder initially announced that Austin had been transferred to a military hospital near Washington due to symptoms of a severe bladder problem. A few hours later, Representative Kathleen Hicks was said to have assumed his duties.
At the beginning of the year, the minister was criticized for keeping a secret about prostate cancer and a hospital stay following complications from the procedure. Even US President Joe Biden did not know for several days that Austin was in hospital – but later confirmed that he wanted to stay with him. Austin was released from the hospital on January 15 and returned to work at the Pentagon in late January.