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Bob Dole has leg surgery for sores

July 11, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Former GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole remained hospitalized following leg surgery performed after he initially sought medical treatment for heart problems.

The former Senate majority leader has been at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington since last week when he experienced a "sharply" elevated heart rate in the middle of the night, a statement from his law firm Alston and Bird said.

Doctors determined the 85-year-old Dole's heart is fine, but surgeons performed several procedures on his left leg, which had open sores.

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