Surgeon to brief media on Cagle’s condition

Emory University surgeon Dr. John Heller will brief reporters at 1:30 p.m. today following Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s operation to repair a degenerative spinal condition. 

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle presides as the Georgia Senate begins the 2009 legislative session in Atlanta Monday Jan. 12, 2009. Photo by Kimberly Smith / staff ksmith@ajc.com

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle presides as the Georgia Senate begins the 2009 legislative session in Atlanta Monday Jan. 12, 2009. Photo by Kimberly Smith / staff ksmith@ajc.com

Cagle withdrew from the governor’s race on April 15 saying he needed time to recover from the painful back and neck problem. He’d been considered a front runner to win the GOP nomination for governor next year. Instead, the 43-year-old from Gainesville said he’ll seek re-election as lieutenant governor.

Heller will, according to a joint press release from Cagle’s office and the hospital, discuss Cagle’s condition, the surgery performed and the outlook for recovery. 

Cagle is at the Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital in Tucker.

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