Ridge, 75, was hospitalized in the Washington, D.C. area and underwent a successful procedure to remove a blood clot. He was in critical but stable condition, according to his Twitter account.
The former governor was transferred to a rehabilitation facility in the D.C. area.
“Tom wants everyone to know how much he appreciates all those who have reached out to offer their prayers, words of encouragement and love,” former Pennsylvania First Lady Michele Ridge said. “It means so much to all of us. Tom hasn’t lost his sense of humor nor his determination as he begins this important therapy. We are grateful for all of the wonderful healthcare professionals who have and will continue to help us along his path to recovery.”
Ridge was governor of Pennsylvania from 1995-2001. He also was the first United States Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush.
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