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TX Senator Gallegos in critical condition at Methodist Hospital

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Texas State Senator Mario V. Gallegos, Jr., was in failing health on Friday at Houston's Methodist Hospital.

Sources told FOX 26 News the 62-year old District 6 Senator was at the hospital and not expected to live very long.  His condition is reportedly linked to past liver problems.

Gallegos, a Democrat, received a liver transplant in 2007 after contracting cirrhosis of the liver as a result of alcohol consumption.

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and other Capitol colleagues visited Gallegos at the hospital, according to multiple family friends.

Sources said Gallegos was conscious Friday afternoon, and was responsive to his visitors. He has made peace with his family, said one family friend.

Another long-time friend is Yolanda Black Navarro, who told FOX 26 News, "Our prayers are with him, with his wife Theresa, his mom Olga, and all the family. And we know that he's a fighter."

Prior to his time in the Texas Senate, Gallegos served 22 years in the Houston Fire Department, according to his senate profile page.  He served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives before he was elected to the senate position in 1994.  He was the first Hispanic state senator to represent Harris County.

ONLINE:

http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist6/dist6.htm

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