McLachlan recovering in Denver after complications from surgery

Lawmaker had been bleeding internally

McLachlan Enlargephoto


DENVER State Rep. Mike McLachlan is hospitalized in Denver after complications from surgery.

McLachlan, D-Durango, had surgery last week to repair his lower intestine. Hes back in the hospital now after suffering internal bleeding, but hes expected to make a full recovery, said his daughter, Kate McLachlan.

McLachlan missed the better part of two weeks at the Legislature when he was in the hospital with intestinal problems. He returned to the Legislature on March 28 after surgery.

But this week, he started bleeding internally.

Im pretty sure its because he got back to work too quickly. Hes a workaholic, Kate McLachlan said.

She brought him paperwork Thursday and said he was complaining about being bored in the hospital.

As of Friday, doctors were observing McLachlan to see if the bleeding would stop or if he needed a second surgery.

He is uncomfortable from it, and its making him feel really sick, but theres no reason he shouldnt recover from it, Kate McLachlan said.

McLachlan a Durango lawyer and former Colorado solicitor general is serving his first term.

Five of his bills have passed through the Legislature so far. Three more are awaiting action in the House.

Hes had an eventful first year, and hes the target of a recall campaign by gun-rights activists.

McLachlans wife, Barbara, a Durango High School teacher, is on her way to visit him, their daughter said.

more Mountain Daylight Time podcasts

Election Video

Most read political articles

From our Denver Correspondent
From the right

From the left

From the middle

The Durango Herald footer-logo