Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Hospitalized Overnight With Discomfort Likely Due to Gall Stones

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 13, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Later this morning, Governor Ernie Fletcher will undergo an ultrasound scan to evaluate the possibility of gall stones.  He was taken to St. Joseph East in Lexington at about 3 p.m. Sunday on the advice of his personal physician, Dr. James George, after experiencing discomfort likely due to the passage of a gall stone earlier in the day.

Governor Fletcher was admitted later Sunday evening for observation, evaluation and hydration.  Dr. George said there are no plans at this time to remove the Governor's gall bladder.

Dr. George said the Governor's condition is much improved since entering the hospital emergency room yesterday afternoon.  Throughout the evening, Dr. George said Governor Fletcher remained awake and aware of his situation. Today's procedure will not involve an anesthetic that would render the Governor incapable of performing his duties, his physician said.

James Deckard, the Governor's general counsel, alerted Lt. Governor Steve Pence of the Governor's condition shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday.  At the direction of the Governor, preparations were made for a temporary transfer of power from the Governor to the Lieutenant Governor, should it become necessary; however, Deckard said these actions were precautionary only.