Fumo to stay night in hospital

June 26, 2008 4:40:52 PM PDT
Sen. Vincent Fumo will stay the night in Harrisburg Hospital as a precaution after he became dizzy and fell down during a voting session in the chamber. Fellow state senators rushed to the aid of the 65-year-old Philadelphia Democrat when he collapsed around 5 p.m.

Fumo has been taking part in lengthy closed-door budget negotiations in recent days and is facing a federal corruption trial in September.

Paramedics connected Fumo to an oyxgen tube and wheeled the pale-looking senator out of the chamber in a wheelchair.

Fumo's spokesman Gary Tuma says the senator told paramedics that he became lightheaded, dizzy and fell, but never lost consciousness and did not have any chest pains.

In March, Fumo underwent emergency surgery for a heart attack. Tuma says doctors who examined Fumo say he appeared to be having no heart trouble.

He will spend the night in the hospital and be released tomorrow.

Fumo underwent emergency surgery for a heart attack in March.

Sen. Gibson Armstrong, R-Lancaster, said Fumo appeared to be responsive, if groggy, after falling, as other senators and staff crouched around him on the carpet.

Fumo, a 30-year lawmaker, has said he will not seek re-election this year because of federal corruption charges against him. His trial is scheduled for September.