State Sen. Mario V. Gallegos Jr., D-Houston, is in grave condition at Methodist Hospital in Houston, sources have confirmed.
“Senator Gallegos’ family is at his side during this difficult time, and they have asked me to respectfully request that they be allowed their privacy, so that they may devote their undivided attention to their loved one,” political consultant Harold Cook said in a statement.
It was unclear what prompted Gallego’s’ hospitalization, but the senator received a liver transplant in 2007. In 2006, Gallegos began treatment for alcoholism and learned he had cirrhosis of the liver.
A few weeks after receiving the transplant, the weakened senator installed a hospital bed in the office of the sergeant-at-arms in the Capitol, so he could cast a vote in opposition to a bill that would have required a photograph to vote. The Senate passed the bill last session.
“We are certainly very concerned about his condition and he’s certainly in our thoughts and prayers,” Harris County Democratic Party chairman Lane Lewis said.
As he is in mine. Get well soon, Sen. Gallegos.