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Kay Hagan, former North Carolina senator, rushed to the hospital

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LAKELAND, Fla. – Kay Hagan, a former North Carolina senator, was rushed to a hospital in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, according to a family spokesperson.

Hagan, 63, is conscious and being treated in the intensive care unit after falling seriously ill.

The family asked for specifics not to be published, but her brother, Joe L. Ruthven, told the Lakeland Ledger she did not have a heart attack and is not in a coma.

The Hagan family has released the following statement:

"We'd like to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes. Kay is receiving the best possible medical care and we are very thankful for her doctors and nurses who are working tirelessly to help her get well. We ask for and appreciate respect for our privacy at this time."

Hagan served as a United States Senator from North Carolina from 2009 to 2015. She previously served in the North Carolina Senate from 1999 to 2009 and is a member of the Democratic Party.

"Kay is as tough as they come and I know she will be on the mend soon. She will be in my prayers for a swift recovery," said Senator Richard Burr.