Ex-lawmaker Frank Hill hospitalized

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Former state Sen. Frank Hill, R-Whittier, has been hospitalized at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital with an intestinal infection. Surgery probably will be required, said his wife, Faith. “He’s had an infection in the colon, battling it for a few months,” she said. “They’re trying to get the infection down. He’s getting better slowly.” Hill has been diagnosed with diverticulosis, his wife said, a condition that occurs when a pouch in one’s colon becomes infected or inflamed. When there’s an attack, the condition is called diverticulitis, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Hill, who has a consulting firm, was on a business trip last week in the Shanghai area of China when he suffered an attack. Rather than be hospitalized there, he returned to Whittier, his wife said. Whittier Councilman Doug Lopez, a longtime friend of Hill’s, said he’s concerned but believes that Hill will be OK. Should an operation be scheduled, the doctors would clip out the infected section of the colon, and sew it back together. Diverticulosis is believed to be caused by low-fiber diets, according to the institute. About 10 percent of Americans over the age of 40 have diverticulosis. The condition becomes more common as people age. About half of all people over the age of 60 have diverticulosis. Hill is 51. Hill served in the Assembly from 1982 to 1990 and in the Senate from 1990 to 1994. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img

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