NPR : News

Filed Under:

Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Has Pneumonia, Is Not In Coma

Jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is suffering from pneumonia and is not in a medically-induced coma, as has been widely reported, a source familiar with Jeffs' condition tells NPR.

According to the source, the 55-year-old leader of the nation's largest polygamist group was sedated, pharmacologically paralyzed and placed on a ventilator as part of his treatment for pneumonia. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity due to federal medical privacy laws that do not permit disclosure of medical treatment without permission of the patient or family.

Jeffs remains hospitalized in Tyler, Texas, and is still listed in critical but stable condition, says Michelle Lyons, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. "He is responsive and expected to make a full recovery," Lyons adds.

Lyons and hospital officials declined to provide any additional details about Jeffs' condition.

The treatment Jeffs has not received according to the source — a medically induced coma — is typically used on patients with brain injuries. It would basically "put the brain in hibernation so it can recuperate," as CBS News has reported, or silence much of the brain's electrical activity.

Jeffs was rushed to the hospital Sunday to be treated. He had been fasting for three days, according to prison officials. It is not known if the fasting contributed to his illness.

Earlier this month, Jeffs was convicted of child sexual assault and sentenced to life in prison. Jeffs is considered the president and prophet of the FLDS polygamist faith, a group with settlements in at least seven states and the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Comic-Con Has Become Poké-Con

At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, one of the biggest phenomena isn't just inside the convention center, it's all around: Swarms of people staring at their phones as they play Pokémon Go.
NPR

Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
NPR

In Kaine, Clinton Gains A Swing-State Spanish Speaker

Who is Tim Kaine, and what does he bring to the Democratic presidential ticket? NPR's Mara Liasson provides answers.
NPR

Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.