Rev. Jesse Jackson hospitalized, recovering after successful 'operation'

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Reverend Jesse Jackson is in the hospital Sunday, recovering from an "operation," according to the Rainbow Push Coalition.

Jackson was hospitalized Thursday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and has since undergone a successful operation, the coalition said.

"Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, was recently admitted to the hospital for abdominal discomfort. After routine medical observation, successful surgery ensued, and Rev. Jackson is resting. He is in good spirits and will be discharged in a few days. Thank you for your continued love, support, and prayers," Rainbow PUSH Coalition said in a statement Sunday.

The family is not releasing details about the operation at this time, but Jackson is expected to remain at the hospital for a few more days and is expected to make a full recovery at home.

Jackson is 79 years old and was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2017.

He received his first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine earlier in January to encourage more people in Black and brown communities to get vaccinated as well.

"Take the vaccination now. Keep hope alive," Jackson said.
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