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November 8, 2013

Rep. Hill recovering after marrow transplant


Hill said his prognosis looks very good.

“It is a trial which has been very successful, not only at Dana Farber, but across the country,” he said.

“I’ve been told this procedure has worked very well. Everybody involved has been very optimistic about it,” he added.

Since the transplant, Hill said he feels tired and unable to rest because of the side effects, including nausea.

As of last week, he was still coming into the Statehouse daily, voting on legislation from his office. He said he is upset he will be missing Veterans Day events in his district next week, “which I have not missed in my whole time being a rep.”

While recovering at home, Hill said he hopes to come into his Statehouse office to vote. “It is bad enough to miss two weeks, but certainly I don’t want to miss a month,” he said.

Hill was first elected to the House of Representatives in November of 1998. He represents the 4th Essex District, which — in addition to Ipswich — includes Topsfield, Hamilton, Rowley, Wenham and Manchester. He lives in Ipswich with his wife, Amy, and his two teenage children, a son and daughter.

House Minority Leader Bradley Jones said he and other Republicans have talked to Hill every day since he went into the hospital on Sunday, keeping him informed and checking on how he feels.

“Any help he needs, we are there, whether it is something with the family or something with his district,” Jones said.

Jones and Hill have been friends since the early 1990s. In January, Jones reappointed Hill as the minority whip.

“I’m sorry to see he has to go through this, but I also know he is committed to going through it and committed to doing what he has to do to get better,” Jones said.

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