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Monday
Mar212011

Nancy Pelosi Hospitalized, Released in Rome

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was hospitalized in Rome Monday morning and later released after not feeling well following a weekend trip to Afghanistan, her office said Monday.

The former House Speaker, in Italy with a bipartisan congressional delegation to celebrate the country's 150th anniversary, abruptly cancelled a meeting with the Italian Defense Minister to seek medical attention for what the news agency ANSA described as a "fainting spell."

"After several flights yesterday in Afghanistan, and a long flight back to Italy that arrived early this morning, Leader Pelosi was not feeling well," Pelosi's office said in a statement. "This morning in Rome, the Leader was advised to visit a clinic, and the closest medical facility was a hospital."

Pelosi later returned to her hotel and has resumed her schedule, aides said. The U.S. delegation was to attend a concert in the Italian parliament as part of the anniversary celebrations.

"Thanks to everyone for your well wishes -- had a very productive trip to Afghanistan and am in Italy resuming meetings now," Pelosi said on Twitter.

The U.S. Embassy in Rome said it was aware of reports of Pelosi's hospitalization, but had no further comment.

Over the weekend Pelosi and the bipartisan delegation flew to Kabul, Afghanistan to meet with President Hamid Karzai, U.S. troops and military officials.

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Monday
Mar212011

Nancy Pelosi Hospitalized, Reports Say

ABC News(ROME) -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was hospitalized in Rome on Monday, according to Italian news agencies.

The ANSA news agency referred to her illness as a “fainting spell” and reports that Pelosi returned to her hotel after a two hour check up at the emergency room.

The former House Speaker was in Italy leading a bipartisan congressional delegation to celebrate the country's 150 year anniversary. The California Democrat had to cancel one meeting with the Italian Minister of Defense due to her feeling unwell, but Pelosi still could attend a concert Monday night in honor of the celebration.

The U.S. Embassy in Rome is aware of the reports, but had no further comment.

Over the weekend Pelosi and the bipartisan delegation flew to Kabul, Afghanistan, to meet with President Hamid Karzai, U.S. troops and military officials.

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