Newark bishop released from hospital after embolism treatment

August 4, 2013

[Episcopal News Service] Diocese of Newark Bishop Mark Beckwith, who is on sabbatical, was briefly hospitalized last week for a medical condition that was treated quickly and successfully.

He sent the following message to the diocese on Aug. 5.

Diocese of Newark Bishop Mark Beckwith, left, and Diocese of Panama Bishop Julio Murray. Photo: Diocese of Newark

Diocese of Newark Bishop Mark Beckwith, left, and Diocese of Panama Bishop Julio Murray. Photo: Diocese of Newark

“Last Tuesday [July 30], upon my return from an amazing trip to New Mexico with Bishop Julio Murray, our companion diocese in Panama, I developed a fever and lower back pain. The symptoms persisted through the next day, and I went to an emergency room at the hospital in Keene, near our New Hampshire home. A CAT scan revealed that I had four pulmonary emboli (blood clots in my lungs). I was then transferred to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, an hour away. A more thorough workup was conducted, and it was determined that there was no damage to heart or lung, no risk factors that would suggest recurrence — and I was given a general clean bill of health that will enable me to return to normal activity. I stayed there for two nights, and was released early Saturday [Aug. 3] afternoon. I was discharged with a prescription that will minimize the opportunity for further clots to develop.

“I feel very fortunate that this was diagnosed and treated so quickly. I am very grateful that the pain has subsided, and that my strength is coming back. I am thankful that I have the rest of my sabbatical (until the end of August) to take it easy — and rest in the beauty of God’s extraordinary creation with my terrific family.”

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