Speaker Mike Busch undergoes liver transplant

CAPITAL GAZETTE | Rick Hutzell, Amanda Yeager

Michael E. Busch, the longest serving speaker of the House of Delegates in Maryland history, underwent a liver transplant Thursday to resolve ongoing health problems he has attributed to skin cancer medication.

In a brief interview with The Capital on Wednesday, the Annapolis Democrat said his health had taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks.

Busch's physicians at the University of Maryland Medical Center diagnosed him with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a form of liver disease, and determined in May that it was progressing.

At that point, Busch said he and his doctors decided to proceed with a liver transplant through the hospital's Living Donor Program. His sister provided the donation.

Busch, 70, recently downplayed his health problems when he filed to run again for delegate in District 30A in 2018. He said Wednesday his doctors told him he can expect a seven week recovery period. Continue reading

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