Andrew Young and his wife Carolyn arrive for his 80th birthday cabaret at the Hyatt Regency in 2012. When asked if he was excited about his birthday Young said, "Not really, after 80 of them what the 'heck.'" Young also said " I feel like I'm 17."
Photo: Curtis Compton
Photo: Curtis Compton

Andrew Young ‘resting’ at Emory University Hospital after medical scare

Wife of civil rights leader provides update on his condition

Andrew Young is continuing to “rest and receive medical treatments,” his wife said early Friday morning. 

Carolyn Young’s brief update of her husband’s condition comes five days after he was initially hospitalized in Nashville with a fever and infection, and two days after he was airlifted back home to Atlanta, where he has been under the care of doctors at the Emory University Hospital. 

When Young arrived back in Atlanta, his daughter, Andrea Young, said that he would not be receiving visitors at the hospital and instead encouraged people to pray for her father. Carolyn Young’s Friday morning statement, seemed to indicate that that was happening. 

“Thank you for the many calls, inquires and acts of kindness toward Ambassador Young,” she said. “He is continuing to rest and receive the medical treatments. I am passing on all of the generous expressions directly to him.” 

Young, who was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1977 until 1979 and the mayor of Atlanta from 1982 until 1990, flew to Nashville on Saturday as he was scheduled to deliver the keynote for the Fisk University baccalaureate service on Sunday. 

Early Sunday morning, he sent the organizers of the event a text that he would be unable to speak and was quickly taken to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution held a panel discussion with distinct guests, including Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Bernice King, and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to talk about the life and death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 86-year-old civil rights legend and politician spent three days at Vanderbilt before being transferred to Emory. 

Carolyn Young’s statement did not offer specific on the exact nature of Young’s illness. Nor did it give a timetable as to when he might be released. 

In her statement, she told supporters of her husband to not send flowers. 

“Andy has said that if you want to help in some way, you may send a donation to the Andrew J. Young Foundation, Morehouse College or Clark Atlanta University,” Carolyn Young said. “I will personally let Andy know the gestures you have made on his behalf. Please know that he is being uplifted by all of your expressions of love.”

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