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Meridian council member Cavener hospitalized after health issues worsen


Meridian City Council Member Luke Cavener posted to social media Tuesday, saying he was set to be flown to Salt Lake City, as a medical issue continues to worsen.

“For the past few months, I have struggled with some medical issues that have become more and more challenging,” Cavener wrote. “Last month, I had my gallbladder removed, and unfortunately, things have only gotten worse.”

Cavener said he was diagnosed with drug-induced liver injury, and has been hospitalized for the last few days. In his post, he said he’s shown some improvement, but is being transported to Salt Lake City to see a liver specialist.

“Without knowing or wanting to share all the depressing details, I’ll be clear, my diagnosis is grim, and we aren’t sure what next steps, if any, will solve what’s going on inside me,” Cavener wrote. “Candidly, while I’m in a place of optimism, there is a big, sad, scary dark cloud hanging over our home.”

Cavener wrote despite the challenges, he’s been uplifted by support.

“When you have dark clouds, it’s amazing to see the brightest spots that appear,” he wrote. “The humbling grace from others has, at times, been so overwhelming. I appreciate the many of you who have delivered meals, words of encouragement, and support.”

Cavener was reelected to his seat in 2021, and joined the council in 2014. He is also the Manager of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society’s local chapter.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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