Richard Halbrooke underwent emergency life saving surgery this weekend. He was reported to have an Aortic Bleed on Friday which called for the procedure. He is now in critical condition but colleagues commented on his toughness as something that will help him get through this.

Washington, Reuters

Veteran U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, remained in critical condition on Sunday after surgery to repair a torn aorta, a U.S. official said.

Mr. Holbrooke, 69, fell ill at the State Department on Friday and was admitted to nearby George Washington University Hospital for treatment for the life-threatening condition. He underwent another procedure on Sunday to improve his circulation and remains in critical condition, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in a statement.

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