Clarkson on 'way to a full recovery' from heart attack
Attorney General Kevin Clarkson will return to Alaska Wednesday, less than a week after suffering a heart attack and undergoing emergency surgery in Seattle, a Department of Law spokeswoman said Monday in an emailed update.
Clarkson was en route to Seattle after attending the National Association of Attorneys General Conference in Louisiana on Friday night when he notified a flight attendant of some discomfort, the statement said.
Paramedics met Clarkson’s flight in Seattle where he walked off the plane with paramedics then, shortly afterward, went into cardiac arrest, Department of Law spokeswoman Cori Mills wrote in the emailed statement. He was then taken to the hospital where he had emergency surgery to fix an artery in his heart.
"It was quite the scare, but the paramedics and doctors were great and I am on my way to a full recovery,” Clarkson said in the statement. “I even might show back up at work later this week, depending on how I'm doing. I've been talking with my management team since Saturday and they know how to get a hold of me. I know the department is in very capable hands."
Mills wrote Clarkson was scheduled to be discharged from the hospital Monday and return to Alaska Wednesday.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Clarkson to his post a few days after taking his office oath in December. On April 17, the Legislature confirmed his appointment.
“Rose and I are glad to hear that Attorney General Kevin Clarkson is doing well after suffering from a heart attack on Friday night,” Dunleavy said in a prepared statement. “We hope that all Alaskans will join us in keeping him and his family in their prayers this week as he continues to recover."
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