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Souder is home after Iowa illness

Mark Souder, a former congressman in Indiana’s 3rd District, has returned to Fort Wayne after a lengthy hospital stay in Iowa.

Souder and his wife, Diane, were driving back from Denver after visiting family when he fell ill March 23 in Iowa City. He said his abdominal pain turned out to be gallstones that were causing pancreatitis, liver problems, a blood infection and high blood pressure.

“I experienced severe pain and needed to go to the emergency room for the first time in my life,” Souder, 61, said in a Facebook message Thursday. “After several surgeries and 11 nights of hospitalization, we are finally home.

“I was very fortunate that our motel the night the attacks started was just a few miles from the University of Iowa Medical Hospitals, where I received excellent care.”