John Murtha's condition is 'stable' and 'improving' as he battles infection in ICU, sources say
Updated 5:48 p.m.
By Carol D. Leonnig and Paul Kane
A day after his office announced he had been admitted to an Arlington hospital with gallbladder surgery complications, Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), the powerful chairman of the House military appropriations committee, remained in intensive care battling a serious infection, according to two Democratic sources.
Murtha, 77, was admitted to Virginia Hospital Center's intensive care unit after having his gallbladder removed at Bethesda Naval Hospital last week.
According to two Democratic sources familiar with his treatment, Murtha was in "grave" condition on Sunday, suffering from an infection that appeared to result from his surgery. By Wednesday, however, he appeared to be responding well to antibiotics, and his condition was improving.