Dingell admitted to hospital

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Retiring U.S. Rep. John Dingell was admitted Friday to George Washington University Hospital for observation, according to his office.

No reason was given, but his office said Dingell, 88, “is currently resting comfortably and under doctor’s care.”

Dingell, D-Dearborn, took a spill Tuesday, bruising his hip and requiring a trip to the doctor’s office. The fall forced him to miss a tribute led by his colleagues on the House floor.

“Took a spill & had to watch floor tribute from the doc’s office. Bruised my hip and my ego, but heading home & back to work in the morning,” Dingell wrote on Twitter. “Turns out these old Polish bones of mine are stronger than ever & I didn’t break anything. Thanks to my colleagues for all their kind words!”

In September, Dingell spent four days in Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital with an infection.

“I’ve felt better and I’ve felt worse,” he told The Detroit News last month, “and I don’t have any complaints.”

Dingell's wife Debbie, who was elected to replace him, said in September that Dingell was “lucky they caught an infection early, and thank our great doctors and the wonderful nurses, technicians, and other staff at Fairlane and Henry Ford Hospital, where he is being treated.”

Dingell has had difficulty standing recently at times and has largely gotten around the Capitol on a motorized scooter. He did get to his feet unassisted last month to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

He has cast more than 25,000 votes in his 59-year congressional career. Before his final vote Thursday night — a measure to expand John Muir National Park in Martinez, California — Dingell was applauded by his House colleagues. Lawmakers took pictures as he placed his voting card into the slot for the final time.

“Honored to cast my final vote on behalf of the proud people of Michigan,” Dingell wrote on Twitter. “To this day, I consider myself the luckiest guy in shoe leather.”

A planned ceremony to welcome Dingell home Saturday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport led by Ford Motor Co. and Delta Air Lines was canceled Friday because of his hospitalization. The event was to mark his final trip back to Michigan as a member of Congress.