Legislator chalks medical emergency up to pneumonia

April 11, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state legislator has returned to work the day after emergency medical personnel were summoned to the Capitol. He chalked the episode up to pneumonia.

In a statement, Moses Lake Republican Tom Dent said dehydration and the illness’ lingering effects caused a bout of dizziness Wednesday evening, and that his doctor had earlier instructed him to be on the lookout for such symptoms.

“I have been recovering from a serious case of walking pneumonia the last couple weeks,” Dent said. “Calling for emergency medical personnel was a precautionary action.”

A medical team responded to the Capitol building Wednesday, where the incident occurred during a break from voting on the floor of the House of Representatives.