A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Thursday, December 08, 2005

the Iron Lady Leaves the Hospital

AP: Thatcher 'Fine' After Trip to Hospital---

LONDON - Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was released Thursday from a hospital where she had been treated overnight after feeling faint. "I'm fine, I'm fine. I feel fine," Thatcher said as she gingerly made her way through a swarm of cameras.

The former leader was comfortable and feeling rested, said Mark Purcell, a spokesman for London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. "The doctors assessed her this morning and say she is OK," he said.

Thatcher, 80, has grown frail in recent years following a series of small strokes, and her public appearances have been rare. She has given up most public speaking on her doctors' advice, but is still greatly admired 15 years after leaving office as the country's first female prime minister.

She was taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after complaining of feeling faint. She remained overnight as a precaution.

Former Conservative Party leader William Hague said Thursday the party wished her well and said she was a "robust lady."