Thatcher to spend Christmas in hospital

2012-12-24 17:13
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London - Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will spend Christmas in hospital as she recovers from minor surgery, her spokesperson said on Monday.

"I understand she is in good spirits," he said.

"Given her age, I don't think she will be coming out for a few days."

The 87-year-old was operated on three days ago to remove a growth from her bladder.

Thatcher, who was prime minister from 1979 to 1990, has kept a low public profile since suffering a series of minor strokes in 2002.

She was then advised by doctors to stop making public speeches.

Earlier this year, she was not well enough to attend a lunch given by Queen Elizabeth II to mark the monarch's 60-year reign.

But in October, Thatcher marked her 87th birthday with a lunch at a London restaurant with her son, Mark.

His twin sister, Carol, has publicly spoken of their mother's battle with dementia.

- SAPA
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