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McCaslin resting after amputation

Spokane Valley City Councilman Bob McCaslin was in satisfactory condition Wednesday evening at Deaconess Medical Center after having his leg amputated earlier in the day.

A hospital spokeswoman listed the former legislator's condition as satisfactory, the best of three one-word conditions in the limited information a hospital is allowed to release about a patient.

McCaslin's former colleagues in the state Senate were told he was undergoing surgery to amputate his leg during the morning floor session in the state Capitol. The 30-year veteran of the Senate resigned his legislative post on Jan. 4 because of health reasons and was hospitalized last Wednesday for a circulatory problem.

McCaslin, 84, said when he resigned his Senate seat that he intended to continue serving on the Spokane Valley City Council, to which he was elected in 2009.




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