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Pataki cancels N.H. event after son-in-law's stroke

Former New York Gov. George Pataki announces his

Former New York Gov. George Pataki announces his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination May 28, 2015 in Exeter, N. H. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Darren McCollester

ALBANY - Republican presidential candidate George Pataki has canceled a New Hampshire trip after his 30-year-old son-in-law suffered a "life-threatening stroke," his campaign announced Thursday.

Pataki, New York governor from 1995-2006, canceled an event Wednesday and had rearranged his schedule, an aide said, to travel to Fargo, N.D., to be with his daughter and son-in-law. Pataki had announced his presidential bid last month and has traveled to New Hampshire frequently to try to build support.

Here is the statement from the Pataki campaign:

"On Tuesday, June 9, Allison Pataki and her husband Dr. David Levy were on a flight originating from Chicago bound for Seattle, for a long scheduled vacation before the birth of their first child, when David suffered a life threatening stroke. Their plane was diverted to Fargo, North Dakota where he has been in intensive care. Dr. Levy is being transported home today to Chicago where he will remain in intensive care at Rush University Medical Center.

The Pataki's and the Levy's want to thank the doctors, nurses and all the staff at the Sanford Medical Center which has been world class and the people of Fargo who have opened their hearts during this difficult time. This episode is a shock to us all, as David, only 30 years of age, is a strong young man who enjoyed excellent health. We are praying for his recovery and welcome everyone's prayers and good wishes."

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