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Maryland House Speaker Busch 'awake, alert' after liver transplant

Erin Cox
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch was alert and talking Friday after a liver transplant the day before, aides said.

"His doctors believe his donated liver appears to be functioning well," Busch's chief of staff Alexandra Hughes wrote in a Facebook post. "He is awake, alert and talking and breathing on his own."

Busch, 70, underwent surgery Thursday to graft part of his sister's healthy liver to his failing one. Aides said he was recently diagnosed with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a liver disease.

The state's longest-serving speaker has been in ailing health since last October, but did not publicly reveal his condition until after the transplant Thursday at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

He said in a statement released after the surgery that he intends to work through his recovery. Aides said Friday he will not be accepting visitors.

"The speaker is grateful for the many prayers and well wishes from across the state and country," Hughes said in the Facebook post, which Busch's staff also tweeted with the hashtag #IronMike.

"In respect of his privacy and the time needed to focus on recovery in the immediate few days," Hughes said, "we don't anticipate the release of any additional information over the weekend."

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