16 Jan 2008

American Samoa's Governor in a stable condition

10:34 am on 16 January 2008

The governor's office in American Samoa says governor Tagiola Tulafono is in a stable condition after undergoing a second surgery.

The governor was admitted to the LBJ Hospital more than a week ago for an appendectomy, but he had to have a second surgery yesterday.

Our correspondent in Pago Pago, Monica Miller, says the governor is reportedly feeling less ill.

"The governor's office has announced that the governor is in stable condition and he's much better. Early yesterday morning he had to undergo another emergency surgery after he complained of stomach pains."

Monica Miller says the governor is now in the Intensive Care Unit for close observation.

She says it's unclear why he had to have a second operation.