Margaret Thatcher in hospital with broken arm

June 12th, 2009 - 11:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Chelsea London, June 12 (DPA) Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, 83, was taken to hospital Friday after breaking her arm in a fall at her London home, her spokeswoman said.
The 83-year-old “Iron Lady” had “tripped over at home” early Friday and broken a bone in her upper arm. She was taken to Chelsea and Westminster hospital in central London where she will stay overnight.

Thatcher, who left office in 1990, has suffered a number of heath scares over recent years, including a string of minor strokes.

Last summer, her daughter Carol spoke for the first time publicly about the ex-premier’s battle with dementia.

She said her mother did now struggle to finish sentences, did not know where she lived and even forgot that her husband Denis was dead.

Several years ago, on advice from doctors, Thatcher cut down her commitments and all but stopped speaking in public.

However, she continues to attend ceremonial functions.

Earlier this week, she celebrated the 30th anniversary of her landmark 1979 election victory at a private London club.

At the end of May, she met Pope Benedict XVI after his weekly audience in Rome’s St Peter’s Square.

“It’s a simple fracture, but bearing in mind who she is, she’s 83 and the shock to the system, it’s just belt and braces. There is nothing untoward,” a hospital spokesman said.

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