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Dalai Lama Hospitalized in Bombay

January 27, 2002

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BOMBAY, India (AP) _ Looking weak but still smiling, the Dalai Lama was admitted into a Bombay hospital Sunday after doctors detected a lump in his stomach.

Wearing his red Buddhist robe, the supreme leader of Tibetan Buddhists walked into Lilawati Hospital with the help of aides.

The Dalai Lama was flown to Bombay in a private airplane from Patna, the capital of the eastern state of Bihar, with two federal government officials, his close aides and doctors.

He was taken to Patna in a government helicopter from the religious hub of Gaya, where health problems forced him to cancel his engagements at the most sacred worship ceremony of Tibetan Buddhists.

The Tibetan spiritual leader had been complaining of abdominal pain and exhaustion and was examined by a team of doctors in a Buddhist monastery in Bodhgaya, where he had been staying since last week, said Masood Butt, his press coordinator. It then was decided he would fly to Bombay.

A member of the medical team, A.M. Rai, said the Dalai Lama had a lump in his stomach, but gave no further details.

On Thursday, the Dalai Lama postponed his teachings before tens of thousands of followers at a special service. He said he would not be able to finish the rituals, which require him to sit still for at least five hours.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 with thousands of supporters after a failed uprising against China. Since then, he has headed a government-in-exile in the northern Indian town of Dharmsala. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his nonviolent struggle against Chinese rule.

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