‘Good prognosis’ for former Governor Edwin Edwards as he remains hospitalized: family friend

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) — Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards will remain hospitalized through the weekend with pneumonia in both lungs. But doctors gave him a “good prognosis for his recovery,” a family friend said.

Edwards’ friend and biographer Leo Honeycutt said he wife, Trina Edwards, was at his bedside.

“My husband’s condition has stabilized and he is responding well to antibiotics,” she said Thursday. “But we will remain at Ochsner at least into the weekend to ensure we’ve stopped the pneumonia. We’d like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. That really does mean a lot.”

Edwards was first rushed to the hospital Nov. 13 with respiratory problems and released Sunday. He was readmitted to Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge Tuesday after a relapse of the same problems. He has tested negative for COVID-19 during both hospital stays, Honeycutt said.

Edwards has had troubles with pneumonia diagnoses in the past.

One of the most well-known political figures in the state’s history, Edwards was tried and convicted in 2000 on bribery-related charges and jailed for almost a decade.

He was released from jail in 2011 and has lived in Baton Rouge since. Known for his colorful personality and sharp one-liners, the Marksville native and populist hit the campaign trail again in 2014, at age 87. He lost his bid for the red-leaning 6th Congressional District seat but captured 38% of the vote.

The lifelong Democrat is 93 years old.

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