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Immediate Release

Statement From Walter Reed Military Medical Center Officials on Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Health Status

Dr. John Maddox, Trauma Medical Director, and Dr. Gregory Chesnut, Center for Prostate Disease Research of the Murtha Cancer Center Director, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, provided the following statement regarding Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's health status:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III underwent non-surgical procedures under general anesthesia to address his bladder issue.  We anticipate a successful recovery and will closely monitor him overnight.

A prolonged hospital stay is not anticipated.  We anticipate the Secretary will be able to resume his normal duties tomorrow. The current bladder issue is not expected to change his anticipated full recovery.  His cancer prognosis remains excellent.