EWE checks out

Former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards with his son, Eli, on the way out of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 4, 2019, after an overnight stay.

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards said he's feeling fine and was released from the hospital late Wednesday afternoon.

"All tests and vital signs are good," said Leo Honeycutt, the family's spokesman.

"I’m feeling fine," Edwards said. "I’m okay. I appreciate all the calls and good wishes."

Edwards was nonresponsive Tuesday morning and was taken Tuesday morning to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge by ambulance. By evening, Edwards was alert and cracking jokes.

"He is doing very well and has responded excellently to treatment, which has not been that extensive. I called 911 when he dehydrated and became unresponsive," Trina Edwards, his wife, said Wednesday afternoon in a prepared statement. “I’d like to thank everyone for all the concern and expressions of prayers and good wishes for my husband’s quick recovery."

The 92-year-old, four-term governor attributed the episode to fish plate he had Saturday night at a restaurant that he thinks lowered his blood sugar and made him dehydrated. 

The governor received and few other tests throughout Wednesday, before doctors cleared Edwards to go home. 

"He's in great spirits, lucid, laughing (not drug induced)," said Honeycutt, who published in 2009 the authorized biography, "Edwin Edwards Governor of Louisiana."

Trina Edwards thanked emergency personnel and Lake staff for stabilizing Edwards. “It’s been a long weekend and a very scary morning, but Edwin reminded me that he’s going to live to the ripe old age of 104 and that you can’t kill bad grass,” she wrote on Facebook late Tuesday night.

Mark Ballard and Tyler Bridges of the Capitol news bureau contributed to this report

Email Mark Ballard at mballard@theadvocate.com.