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Governor recovering from lung infection

By Aurora Kohn

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero is recovering after receiving an "aggressive treatment" for an acute lung infection at Guam Memorial Hospital, hospital officials said Friday.

The governor "is doing very, very well,' said Lilian Posadas, the hospital's administrator and CEO.

The governor is scheduled to be discharged from the hospital today after being confined.

The governor started coughing during the second round of the gubernatorial debate hosted by Kandit News and The Point on Tuesday night. The debate moderators decided to end the debate early in the third round after the governor complained of shortness of breath.

The governor was brought to the emergency room, where she was treated by specialists, including a pulmonologist.


According to Dr. Joleen Aguon, Leon Guerrero’s attending physician, the governor was “acutely ill” when she came to the emergency room.

The governor was later transferred to the ICU, where she stayed for less than 12 hours, for “close observation."

Aguon said the governor tested negative for Covid-19 and influenza.

According to Aguon, the governor was given “very aggressive treatment and has made a remarkable recovery.” Out of an abundance of caution, Aguon, a pulmonary and critical care specialist, recommended that the governor postpone her state of the island address, which is scheduled for June 7.

“I am recommending though that the state of the island address be postponed in order to allow her to do her outpatient follow-up with her team of physicians and to make a full recovery,” Aguon said

Aguon said the governor is recovered enough to be able to do her regular activities, including her “fast-paced walk” exercise.

However, Aguon is making a “very strong recommendation” for the governor to take a two-week leave from work to ensure her full recovery.

“I don’t even want her teleworking. I want her mind to be just focused on her health right now and make a complete recovery, “ Aguon said.

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