LAKELAND, Fla. (WNCN/AP) – Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, who represented North Carolina, has been hospitalized after falling seriously ill.
Hagan’s brother tells The Lakeland Ledger in Florida that Hagan was rushed to a Washington, D.C. hospital on Thursday and was being treated in an intensive care unit.
Joe Ruthven says his sister didn’t have a heart attack and isn’t in a coma. He wouldn’t give any further details about her condition.
The 63-year-old Hagan, a Democrat, was elected in 2008 and served one term before she was defeated by Republican Thom Tillis. A spokeswoman says she formerly lived in Lakeland but currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The Hagan family said in a statement released to The Associated Press that “Kay is receiving the best possible medical care.” It didn’t give further details and asked for privacy.
Saturday afternoon, as news spread of Hagan’s illness, many shared their thoughts for her recovery.
“Kristin and I are praying for Kay, Chip, and the entire Hagan family,” N.C. Governor-elect Roy Cooper said in a Tweet. “She is a great friend and champion for North Carolina.”
Congressman G.K. Butterfield also Tweeted about Hagan’s illness.
“Praying for @kayhagan’s speedy recovery and keeping her family in my thoughts,” wrote Butterfield, a Democrat who serves the North Carolina 1st Congressional District.