Doctors say the former first lady of Illinois, Lura Lynn Ryan has terminal lung cancer. They say she may have only three to six months to live. The details of Mrs. Ryan's health were revealed in a letter filed in federal court this afternoon.
Former Governor George Ryan is appealing parts of his conviction and asking the court to let him out of prison on bail while his appeal is considered so that he can be with his ailing wife.
The letter is written by the medical director of Rush Riverside Cancer Institute in Kankakee. It says Mrs. Ryan had a CT scan on Monday which showed a mass in the left lower lung that measured up to 7 centimeters in diameter. A scan on Tuesday confirmed the growth. Doctors say lesions in the liver and bones suggest an aggressive cancer and given her age and condition, they say Ryan could have as little as three months if their preliminary diagnosis is correct.
Prosecutors have argued against releasing Governor Ryan saying it is the sad fact that all prisoners are separated from their families during trying times.