Elizabeth Dole’s Mother Is Hospitalized
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) _ The 101-year-old mother of Sen.-elect Elizabeth Dole was hospitalized Friday after falling ill at home.
Mary Hanford was rushed to Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury on Thursday night. She was in fair condition Friday and undergoing tests in the hospital’s heart unit, said hospital spokeswoman Zandra Spencer.
Dole, who was moving into her Senate office Friday, said she expected her mother to remain hospitalized through Sunday but added, ``It looks like it’s not anything to worry about.″
Doctors said Hanford, who has had heart problems in the past, had not suffered a stroke as the family initially feared, said her son, John Hanford.
``I think she was a little low on oxygen,″ John Hanford said. ``And it alarmed us. We’ll know a little more when they finish the tests.″
Dole, who is to be sworn in Tuesday as senator, initially planned to stay in Washington but later changed her mind, spokeswoman Mary Brown Brewer said.
``The office is set up and running, and she was able to get out a little early and get a flight home,″ Brewer said Friday evening. She said Dole would probably return to Washington on Sunday.