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Actress Helen Hayes Hospitalized

August 22, 1988

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) _ Actress Helen Hayes was airlifted to a hospital in this western Colorado city Sunday after her heartbeat became irregular.

Miss Hayes, 87, was visiting her son, actor James MacArthur, in Crested Butte, a Rocky Mountain resort town about 10,000 feet above sea level, when she began feeling ill, a doctor said.

″I really feel it was just the altitude that was bothering her. But she was sent to Grand Junction to confirm whether or not she had a heart attack,″ Dr. Dan Tullius told The Associated Press. ″She had an irregular heartbeat and it could be secondary to altitude.

″We just flew her to Grand Junction. Mostly she needed to get to a lower altitude and get a test to rule out whether she was having a heart attack,″ he said.

The doctor said Miss Hayes was conscious and not in pain when he treated her.

The silver-haired actress ended her theater career in 1971, after 66 years, because of allergies to dust that aggravated her chronic asthmatic bronchitis, but continued to work before the camera and was active in causes, including the rights of the aged.

She won a Tony, two Oscars and an Emmy, and in 1981 received the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement. In 1980, she was selected as one of 10 American artists to be commemorated on a gold medallion issued by the Treasury Department.

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