Michael Busch, the longest-serving speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, is on a ventilator and his health has worsened, his office announced Sunday.
Busch, an Annapolis Democrat, has been in the hospital receiving treatment for pneumonia, his third major health scare since 2017. In 2017, he went through a liver transplant and in 2018, he had heart bypass surgery.
“Yesterday, doctors at University of Maryland Medical Center made the determination that Speaker Busch's breathing had taken a significant turn for the worse and the Speaker made the decision to use a ventilator to help his breathing,” said Alex Hughes, Busch’s chief of staff. “Unfortunately, his condition has worsened over the past few hours. His family asks for privacy at this time and to keep the Speaker in your thoughts and prayers.”