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Sarah Palin's physician says she's in 'excellent health'

November 3, 2008 |  8:44 pm

The McCain-Palin campaign released a two-page letter about Sarah Palin's medical history Monday night. It declares the Alaska governor "in excellent health."

The letter, sent to the news media less than 12 hours before polls open, was written by Palin's physician.

It comes nearly two weeks after Palin promised NBC's Brian Williams that she would release her medical records to the public. In an Oct. 22 interview, Palin told Williams, "I'm healthy, happy, I've had five kids, that's going to be in the medical records."

Palin did not release the records themselves. But the letter, written by Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, Palin's family physician, details her recent medical history and her five pregnancies.

Palin's first four pregnancies were normal. But Palin's youngest child, Trig, was born about five weeks early and with Down syndrome. The Down syndrome was detected early in the second trimester, Baldwin-Johnson said.

Baldwin-Johnson concluded that Palin "is in excellent health and has no known health problems that would interfere with her ability to carry out the duties and obligations of Vice President of the United States of America."

Palin's running mate, John McCain, and her rivals, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, have all released parts of their medical records.

-- Kate Linthicum

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