25 C
Accra
Friday, December 4, 2020
No menu items!

Senator John McCain halts cancer treatment

Must Read

4th December, 2020

The Daily Graphic shares its view on the spate of ballot papers which are rejected during elections. It attributes...

NPP and NDC to reaffirm commitment to peaceful elections as they sign pact today

The presidential candidates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), President Akufo-Addo and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and former...

Covid: Biden to ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days

US President-elect Joe Biden has said he will ask Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in...

US Republican Senator John McCain will no longer be continuing treatment for his brain cancer, his family has announced.

His family said he had “surpassed expectations for his survival” and made the choice to end his treatment.

Mr. McCain, 81, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain tumour last summer and had been undergoing treatment since July 2017.

He left Washington in December, but has remained a vocal political figure. He has, at times, been a fierce critic of President Donald Trump.

His family said in a statement shared with US media: “Last year, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious.”

“In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict.”

“With his usual strength of will, he has chosen to discontinue medical treatment.”

The six-term senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee was diagnosed after doctors discovered his tumour during surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye last July.

The son and grandson of Navy admirals, Mr. McCain was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. When his plane was shot down, he spent more than five years as a prisoner of war.

While in the custody of his captors, he was tortured and suffered numerous injuries that left him with lingering disabilities.

In a tweet, Meghan McCain, Mr. McCain’s daughter, said that her family “is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity” they have received over the past year.

His wife, Cindy McCain, also shared the family’s statement on Twitter, saying: “I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along the journey.”

Mr McCain represented his state in the Senate and House for 35 years and has been a strong voice within the Republican party.

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said he was “very sad” to hear the news.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Mr McCain “personifies service to our country”.

Former Republican presidential nominee and current senate candidate Mitt Romney echoed those sentiments, saying “no man this century better exemplifies honour, patriotism, service, sacrifice and country first”.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry called his fellow Vietnam veteran “a brave man”.

Former Alaska governor – and Mr McCain’s vice-presidential running mate – Sarah Palin said: “May my friend sense appreciation for his inspiration to serve something greater than self.”

Mr. McCain’s tense relationship with the president began in 2015, when he said then-candidate Trump had “fired up the crazies” at his rallies with controversial remarks on immigration.

Mr. Trump hit back by saying Mr. McCain was only considered a hero because he was a prisoner of war, adding: “I like people who weren’t captured.”

Perhaps Mr. McCain’s most dramatic pushback against Mr. Trump came last July, when he provided the deciding vote against a Trump-backed Obamacare repeal bill.

When he cast his vote with a thumbs-down, he still sported a scar and black eye from his surgery.

He left Capitol Hill last December to begin treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. In April, he underwent surgery again for an intestinal infection.

Mr. McCain has been recovering from treatments and receiving physical therapy from a team of caregivers at his home near Sedona since leaving Washington.

He turns 82 on 29 August.

SourceBBC News

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

4th December, 2020

The Daily Graphic shares its view on the spate of ballot papers which are rejected during elections. It attributes...

NPP and NDC to reaffirm commitment to peaceful elections as they sign pact today

The presidential candidates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), President Akufo-Addo and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and former President John Dramani Mahama are...

Covid: Biden to ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days

US President-elect Joe Biden has said he will ask Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in office to curtail the spread...

The Special Voting Exercise

NEWS COMMENTARY ON THE SPECIAL VOTING  It is heartwarming the Special Voting ended smoothly throughout the country yesterday with no reported nasty incident. It is...

Bui hydro-solar hybrid comes on stream

The Bui Power Authority has commissioned 26 megawatts of solar photo voltait resources to augment its 404MW hydroelectric generating station. The coming on stream of...

More Articles Like This