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New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne Jr. remains unconscious after April 6 heart attack: report

It is unclear when he will return to Capitol Hill

Published: April 18, 2024 8:29am

Updated: April 18, 2024 9:01am

New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne Jr. reportedly remains unconscious following an April 6 heart attack.

The six-term Democrat has been on a ventilator in an intensive care unit at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center for the last 11 days, the New Jersey Globe reported Wednesday.

The newspaper also said the 65-year-old Payne has not regained consciousness since the heart attack.

Payne’s office said April 12 that the congressman is “still recovering."

Prior to that, on April 9, his office revealed Payne had suffered a “cardiac episode.” 

"Currently, he is recovering in the hospital as doctors conduct routine exams to monitor and observe his improvement,” said the statement at the time.  "The congressman’s prognosis is good, and he is expected to make a full recovery."

His office hasn't provided an update since April 12.

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