Secretary Norman Y. Mineta returned to Walter Reed Army Medical Centers
Jan. 7 for treatment of back pain, a day after he left the facility
to attend a Cabinet meeting.
Mineta has been
holding meetings and telecommuting from his hospital bed, according
to a DOT statement.
In August 2002,
Mineta underwent a surgical procedure at Walter Reed intended to relieve
persistent back pain. Following a trip to visit Coast Guard members
at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, over Thanksgiving, the pain reappeared and
the secretary returned to the hospital.
revealed a staph infection had developed. Scoliosis, a curvature of
the spine, is also contributing to his discomfort. The infection has
been gradually responding to antibiotics, DOT said. Once the infection
is treated, he will undergo a surgical procedure to counteract the
is very good and he expects to resume office duties late next month,