New Hampshire governor undergoes blood transfusion for ‘bleeding ulcer’

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) had a recent health scare after he was admitted to the hospital for experiencing flulike symptoms, though he’d previously tested negative, three times, for COVID-19 in the days leading up to his hospitalization.

NHPR reported that Sununu, luckily, doesn’t appear to have a battle with COVID-19 on his hands, but instead was diagnosed with a “bleeding ulcer,” which resulted in a blood transfusion procedure on Friday. 

In a late-breaking Saturday update, it was revealed that the Republican governor was doing well after the transfusion and was released from the hospital.

The governor had reportedly felt ill since Wednesday, and as a result, had a number of COVID-19 tests to determine whether he’d possibly caught the virus, even though he’s fully vaccinated against it.

He’s doing just fine

Jayne Millerick, Gov. Sununu’s chief of staff, released a statement to the press on the governor’s condition, reporting that he made a full recovery from the blood transfusion procedure and is reportedly in good spirits.

“Tests have confirmed that a bleeding ulcer caused the symptoms the Governor has been experiencing this week,” Millerick wrote.

She added: “After blood transfusion today, he is doing much better. He is extremely grateful to the staff at Portsmouth Hospital for their outstanding care and to everyone who donates blood. As a blood donor himself, he is happy he paid it forward and grateful to all who do the same.”

Millerick also added that his stay at Portsmouth Hospital was only precautionary in nature, mostly in order to rule out the possibility of a breakthrough COVID-19 infection.

What’s next?

It’s not a stretch to presume that Republicans are breathing a sigh of relief over the positive developments concerning Sununu’s health, as the three-term governor is being highly encouraged to run for a Senate seat in 2022.

The seat, currently held by Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), appears to be a relatively easy victory for Sununu, as a recent hypothetical poll conducted by the Saint Anselm College Survey Center shows the governor winning by some nine points, WMUR noted.

Given that Republicans only need a net gain of one GOP victory in the 2022 midterms, many high-profile Republicans in the party are pushing Sununu to make the run for what should be an easy and monumentally impactful victory for the party.

Only time will tell if Sununu ends up the Republican hero that the party desperately needs in order to claim victory next year, but it shouldn’t be much longer until we find out.

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