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Rep. Carney readmitted to hospital

Posted April 6, 2009 2:13 p.m. EDT
Updated April 6, 2009 3:12 p.m. EDT

— North Carolina state Rep. Becky Carney has returned to a Raleigh hospital a day after she was released following treatment for a heart condition.

Gene Carney said his wife was released from WakeMed Sunday but was running a slight fever a few hours later. She was readmitted Monday and was being tested for a possible infection.

WakeMed spokeswoman Heather Monackey said Carney was in good condition Monday afternoon.

The 64-year-old Carney collapsed at her legislative office last Thursday and went into cardiac arrest due to a heart arrhythmia. A colleague said the four-term Mecklenburg County Democrat had no pulse but was revived thanks to CPR and a defibrillator.

Doctors implanted a combination pacemaker and defibrillator on Carney's heart late last week.