Sunday, March 09, 2008

Margaret Thatcher Stable in Hospital


Margaret Thatcher Stable in Hospital

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was in stable condition and responsive Saturday after being hospitalized in central London, authorities said. St. Thomas' Hospital said the 82-year-old was in its care. "We can confirm that Baroness Thatcher has been admitted to St. Thomas' Hospital and is expected to remain in hospital overnight for observation," the hospital said in a statement. "Her condition is stable and she is speaking to the medical staff who are caring for her."

Thatcher -- Britain's first female prime minister -- has often appeared at private functions in recent years but makes few public statements. Earlier this year, she urged members of her Conservative Party to "hold firm to their beliefs" as she was honored with a statue at the party's headquarters. "Today, as we face the challenges of the future, let us remain steadfast and sure. Let us set a clear course for our country," she said.

Nicknamed the "Iron Lady," Thatcher was prime minister from May 1979 until her resignation in November 1990. She was the first leader to win three elections in a row. Thatcher dominated British politics in the 1980s and was a firm supporter of her ideological colleague President Reagan. She was also a divisive figure and left her Conservative Party a bickering shambles after she fell from power in 1990.

She was given a clear bill of health by doctors in December 2005 after spending a night in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London for tests after feeling faint. In March 2002, she cut back her workload after doctors said she had suffered a series of strokes.


Blogger CHOMP said...

Donal, this is a lovely tribute to a magnificent lady. I, too, wish her well in her recovery.

9:29 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

And she very much is a lady. Just firmly so...I do respect her greatly.
That devisiveness may have been between the squishy and the far the squishy have smothered the firm...
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!


2:54 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Good Morning, TMW!!! Yes, there's certainly a lot to respect there!

My, you're up early! Hope you got some rest!

6:45 AM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Actually, not really. I'll live, and try again tonight!
Some friends of mine a few miles away had the same problem! Must have been either the barometer or the time change...I'm thinking that we would do just fine without it!


4:28 PM  

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