Retired Seattle archbishop suffers stroke

SEATTLE (AP) — A spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle says retired Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett has suffered a stroke but reports from doctors are “encouraging.”

Spokesman Greg Magnoni tells The Seattle Times (http://is.gd/7PmwGG ) that doctors are “hopeful that his speech and cognitive ability will not be seriously impaired.”

Magnoni says the 79-year-old Brunett was playing golf Thursday when he suffered the stroke. He was taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center, where surgeons removed a blood clot from his brain.

Brunett served as archbishop of Seattle from 1997 to 2010.

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Information from The Seattle Times is included in this report.

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