Novelist Francoise Sagan recovering from altitude sickness
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ French writer Francoise Sagan is recovering in a Bogota hospital after suffering from what is commonly called altitude illness in this city high in the Andes, a hospital spokesman said Saturday.
Bogota is at an altitude of 8,500 feet high, and people unaccustomed to that frequently become faint and nauseated.
She was admitted to Bogota’s Military Hospital Friday night, and a nurse said she was unconscious. She had arrived earlier in the day with the party of French President Francois Mitterrand who is making a 50-hour visit to Colombia.
″She is in stable condition and is feeling much better than when she was brought in,″ Capt. Alida Chavez, the hospital’s acting administrator, told The Associated Press.
There were published reports quoting unidentified doctors as saying Miss Sagan, 50, was still unconscious Saturday, but Chavez said that was not true.
″Miss Sagan is being given tranquilizers and oxygen, but she is conscious, and has been since I came on duty this morning at 8 o’clock,″ he said.
″She has suffered no setbacks. She is being cared for by a doctor with President Mitterrand’s group.″
But Michael Vauzelle, the head of the public information office for Mitterrand’s visit, told AP that Miss Sagan’s condition was considered serious and she would be flown to France as soon as possible on an air ambulance.
Chavez said doctors thought Miss Sagan should remain at the hospital for at least two more days for observation.
Mitterrand is scheduled to visit the Caribbean coastal city of Cartagena, Sunday, and Vauzelle said knew of no plans by the president to visit the Military Hospital.