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Ailing congressman's family releases photo

Friday - 10/18/2013, 2:21pm  ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The family of ailing Florida congressman C.W. Bill Young has released a photo taken at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where Young has been hospitalized.

The Tampa Bay Times ( put the photo on its website Friday. Young's family told the newspaper that the occasion for the photo was the baptism of Young's 3-month-old grandson.

Young's office said this week the lawmaker's condition worsened Wednesday night, and his doctors say his prognosis is guarded.

The 82-year-old House member announced last week that he plans to retire after 43 years in Congress.

In recent years, Young has become increasingly frail and reliant on a wheelchair.

The congressman is a longtime member of the House Appropriations Committee and is influential on military spending and other defense issues.

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