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Sosa Says Wife Going To Be OK

September 28, 1999

CHICAGO (AP) _ The wife of Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa was hospitalized for more than 12 hours Tuesday with an illness linked to her prescription drugs.

Sonia Sosa, 25, went home shortly before 6 p.m., according to Northwestern Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Ellen Petasnick. She had been admitted to the hospital shortly after she arrived at 5 a.m. in an ambulance from the couple’s downtown apartment on Lake Michigan.

``I received a call about 5 o’clock in the morning, and I was scared, because that’s my wife,″ Sosa said in Philadelphia, where the Cubs played the Phillies.

He wasn’t specific about what happened but said his wife had been taking prescription medication for her menstrual cycle.

``When I talked to her, she said it was her time of the month and she had pain in her stomach,″ Sosa said. ``She took some drugs for her pain. Those were the regular pills she was supposed to be taking. That was the whole thing.

``It’s a scary moment for anybody. I love my wife. It’s a tough moment,″ he added.

He said he spoke with her twice Tuesday, including just before he left his Philadelphia hotel for the ballpark. He said she told him not to leave the team.

``She said, `Go out there. I’m OK now. Do your job and don’t worry about me,‴ Sosa said

Broadcast reports said Sonia Sosa felt unwell after drinking beer and taking prescription medication.

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