Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., was released today from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, following a two-night stay for observation and tests. He had complained of feeling weak, his spokesman said.
"He is on his way to work," John DeCrosta, Thurmond's press secretary, said after the 96-year-old senator was released at 10:10 a.m.
Thurmond, the oldest senator ever, was admitted to the hospital Saturday night. Physicians wanted to find out why he has been fatigued and were evaluating the medications he has been taking, DeCrosta said.
Thurmond underwent surgery for an enlarged prostate Aug. 22 in Walter Reed Medical Center, two days after a brief stay in a hospital in Columbia, S.C., where he had collapsed at a University of South Carolina reception.
In the last three months, DeCrosta said, the senator has made an estimated five previously unreported trips to the medical center on weekends for a variety of complaints. He said none required an overnight stay or caused him to miss any work or Senate votes.