Rockefeller Recovering After Bone Marrow Transplant

OCTOBER 10, 2005 - Posted at 3:57 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Win Rockefeller was recovering at a Seattle hospital today after a bone marrow transplant to combat a rare blood disorder.  Doctors performed the procedure Thursday at the Seattle Cancer Car Alliance.  The transplant came less than three months after Rockefeller's surprise announcement that he was dropping out of the 2006 governor's race to fight the life-threatening health problem.

Rockefeller spokesman Steve Brawner said the lieutenant governor was in "good spirts" and appreciates everyone's thoughts and prayers.

The transplant is intended to treat a blood condition that could lead to leukemia.

Rockefeller is 57 and the son of a two-term Arkansas governor and grandson of the late John D. Rockefeller, Jr.  He said he would concentrate on his health, not politics, but would retain his office as lieutenant governor while fighting the illness.

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