Former Iran hostage Richard Queen will be discharged from Georgetown University Hospital today since his condition has "continued to improve," Georgetown doctors said yesterday.
"In-depth neuropsychological studies" have shown that "his mental state is excellent, they added. They said he shows no evidence of brain damages as a result of his continuing illness -- multiple sclerosis -- and no adverse psychological effects from his long captivity.
His illness has caused "mild incoordination," but at this point no drugs or other treatment have been ordered, said the report of the medical team, headed by Dr. Desmond O'Doherty.
Georgetown and other doctors have reported that there is no specific treatment for multiple sclerosis, except drugs to relieve some symptoms and physical therapy to train or strengthen muscles.
Queen spent much of yesterday meeting privately at the State-Department with the families of 17 of the remaining 52 hostages. He plans to leave today for his parents' home in Lincolnville, Maine, according to U.S. officials.
Louisa Kennedy, the wife of a hostage and spokesman for a group formed by hostages' families, described Queen's talks with the captives' relatives yesterday as reassuring. "As far as he knows, there was no physical harm being brought to bear on the hostages." she said.
"I am just thrilled to see him back here, Lisa Moeller, the wife of a hostage, said after talking with Queen. She said Queen described her husband, Marine Staff Sgt. Michael E. Moeller, as appearing in "real good spirits, real good shape," when he last saw him several months ago.