[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.
“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.”