CHICAGO ó Indiana Gov. Frank OíBannon is under sedation and the next 24-48 hours “will be critical,” Dr. Wesley Yapor said late this afternoon after the governor underwent several hours of surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for a cerebral hemorrhage.
Yapor, the attending neurosurgeon, told reporters that doctors removed blood from both sides of the governor’s brain. “The surgery went very well,” he said.
Yapor said the most likely cause of the governor’s condition was a stroke, and that there was also evidence of trauma to the governor’s brain, suggesting he had suffered additional injuries in a fall.
Yapor said O’Bannon is in critical condition, in a drug-induced coma. He said the governor is on a ventilator.
“We’re hoping he is going to recover function. How much, we don’t know,” he said. “He cannot be governor, or at least function as governor, for right now.” [Indianapolis Star]