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City councilman hospitalized

October 29, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Hagerstown City Councilman N. Linn Hendershot has been hospitalized since Monday, when he checked himself in for symptoms he is suffering from the arthritic condition gout.

Hendershot, who did not attend Tuesday's City Council meeting, said Thursday he plans to be ready to attend the Nov. 2 meeting.

"I'm okay ... I had no problem staying up to watch the (baseball) game," Hendershot said from his room at Washington County Hospital.

Hendershot is wheelchair-bound and uses a respirator to aid his breathing, both resulting from a polio bout nearly 60 years ago. He said for most of his life he used crutches.

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Hendershot missed a council meeting two weeks ago for the same problem with arthritis, and he was hospitalized for five days, he said.

Hendershot also has suffered from pneumonia, which he said occurs more frequently because of his use of a respirator.

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