Rep. Smith suffers collapsed lung

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) suffered a collapsed lung on Thursday morning, according to his spokesman. The 44-year-old was taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where he underwent a surgical procedure Thursday night to remove fluid from the lung. He is expected to make a full recovery.

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The lawmaker first noticed that something was wrong when he woke up on Thursday morning with pain in his right side, which he initially thought was a pulled muscle. Smith reportedly seemed fine when he arrived at his Rayburn office at about 8:15 a.m., but when the pain had not subsided after a few hours, he decided to visit the House Physician's Office. Doctors there recommended he see a specialist at Bethesda Naval Hospital, where the diagnosis of a collapsed lung was made.

Smith's spokesman explained that the procedure was not major surgery, but an evacuation of harmful fluids from the lung, after which it would return to normal function. Smith spoke to his staff by phone on Friday, explaining that he had undergone some tests and hoped to be released Friday night.