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Pentagon chief discharged from hospital

Pentagon chief discharged from hospital Photo: U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has been discharged from the hospital today. He will continue his work from home for some time, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

"The Secretary continues to recover well and, on the advice of doctors, will recuperate and perform his duties remotely for a period of time before returning full-time to the Pentagon. He has full access to required secure communications capabilities," the statement says.

Doctors of the Pentagon chief stated that Austin's condition improved during his hospital stay, and his strength is gradually returning.

"He underwent a series of medical tests and evaluations and received non-surgical care during his stay to address his medical needs, to include resolving some lingering leg pains," the doctors said.

They added that Austin has been discharged with scheduled physical therapy and regular monitoring. The expectation is that the head of the Pentagon will fully recover.

At the same time, doctors stated that Austin's early-stage prostate cancer has been successfully treated, and the prognosis for him is excellent. No further cancer treatment is planned, except for regular observation after prostatectomy.

Austin's hospitalization

The 70-year-old Austin was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on December 22, where he underwent surgery for the treatment of cancer detected during a routine examination in December.

After a week, he developed an infection, and on January 1, he was moved to the intensive care unit. President Biden and senior administration officials were only informed of Austin's hospitalization on January 4, and Austin had kept the cancer diagnosis secret until Tuesday.

More details about Austin's illness - in the material of RBC-Ukraine.