Edwin Edwards health is improving spokesperson says

USA TODAY

A family spokesperson for Edwin Edwards said the former four term-Governor appears to be improving but remains hospitalized with double pneumonia. Edwards’ biographer Leo Honeycutt says despite Edwards’ age of 93 and diagnosis he is doing well.

“I did hear him speaking earlier today and he sounded fine, sounds like himself. Of course, he does have a head cold, he’s kind of stopped up but the doctors are saying his prognosis right now is quite good,” said Honeycutt.

Last Friday Edwards was admitted to Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge, tested for COVID and pneumonia, both negative then released Sunday. Honeycutt said then again on Tuesday night, Edwards was admitted, this time to Ochsner in the capital city and diagnosed with pneumonia in both lungs.

“Now he was tested again a second time for COVID-19 but those test results came back negative, so we know he doesn’t have the coronavirus and what he does have is, in his cases is maybe as dangerous, is double pneumonia,” said Honeycutt.

Honeycutt said Edwards is expected to stay in the hospital into the weekend.

“But they do believe with the antibiotics treatments they have now and the breathing exercises that they are putting him through that he will make a full recovery,” said Honeycutt.