By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 13, 2018….Sen. Michael Barrett was identified Monday with a uncommon and curable type of leukemia and might be hospitalized for a few month, his workplace introduced Tuesday.
Barrett stated in an announcement that medical doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital identified him with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), which he described as “extremely curable.”
“In phrases of politics, for me nothing will change: I will be operating for re-election within the fall,” the Lexington Democrat stated. “Because the white blood cell counts of APL sufferers are manner beneath regular, infections such because the flu can have penalties. My medical doctors inform me I will not be leaving the hospital for a month and that, for some extra time period, I will must keep away from crowded conditions the place individuals might have unhealthy colds, and so forth.”
Barrett, 69, missed final Thursday’s formal Senate session and later despatched a notice to the clerk explaining his absence was due to sickness.
“Mike is a pricey pal and a valued member of the Senate. I do know he’ll face this analysis with the identical dedication and power that he brings to work on daily basis,” Senate President Harriette Chandler stated in an announcement. “I be part of with my colleagues in wishing him a speedy restoration, and we can not wait to have him again within the Senate with us.”
Barrett stated Tuesday that he has stored up contact with individuals and continued working over the previous week, however his medical doctors “won’t let me hop away from bed at Mass. General and head up Beacon Hill to vote in a packed chamber.”
“But in any other case, with the assistance of my incredible employees, I anticipate to advance my legislative agenda fairly successfully all through my convalescence, and to renew my duties in full thereafter,” Barrett stated.