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Branstad still recovering after release from hospital

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Governor Terry Branstad is recovering at home after a health scare put him in the hospital.

Branstad, 68, became faint and collasped at a DuPont-Pioneer event in Johnston Monday afternoon. An ambulance took him to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, where he was admitted overnight for observation. His office said this was due to an 'abundance of caution.'

Branstad was released at 9 a.m. Tuesday, in good health. He is now home, resting at Terrace Hill.

"After seeing him both Monday evening and this morning, and personally reviewing his medical tests and records, it's my opinion as a medical professional that the incident was caused by a mild flu and dehydration," said Kevin Cunningham, M.D., Branstad's personal physician. "We have ruled out other contributing factors, including cardiac issues and stroke. Governor Branstad will be able to resume a normal work schedule in the near future.”

Both Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds were reportedly fighting a bug for several days prior. Branstad was visably ill at his weekly press conference Monday morning, coughing repeatedly.

"The governor rested last night and continued receiving intravenous fluids," wrote Jimmy Centers, of the governor's office.

Both have canceled their public appearances for the rest of the week, including slated stops in Cedar Rapids, Manchester, Waverly and Charles City.

They also backed out of a speaking engagement at a Transportation Day summit in Des Moines.

"His staff called this morning and let me know that that was the case, that both he and the lt. governor weren't going to be able to be there with us tomorrow," said Ann Trimble-Ray, an organizer for the summit, which promotes infrastructure expansion. "We understand and we're wishing them a quick recovery."

Branstad has had previous health scares. In 2000, he was hospitalized after a heart attack outside a West Des Moines YMCA. In 2010, he underwent an optional heart procedure.

At the Capitol building Tuesday, lawmakers offered support for Branstad. Ken Rozenboom (R-Oskaloosa) offered prayers for the governor.

"Well, I simply encouraged people to recognize, to give them a reminder that the governor had spent the night in the hospital," he said. "We're all concerned about his health & safety, and thankful that the diagnosis was as good as it was."

"Despite all the politics that happen up here, we all deal with people on a personal level," Rozenboom continued. "That cuts party lines, and everything else, so I'm glad to be able to acknowledge that this morning."

Both Branstad and Reynolds plan to resume their normal schedules on Monday.

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