Nobel Prize Winner Hospitalized
VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume was recovering today after undergoing emergency surgery for a ruptured intestine, the Austria Press Agency reported.
Hume was transported Sunday evening to a hospital in the western Austrian town of Kufstein, where he under went surgery. Anesthesiologist Wilhelm Furtwaengler told APA that Hume was doing well and might be able to leave the intensive care unit later today.
The 62-year-old helped found the moderate Social Democratic and Labor Party, Northern Ireland’s leading Catholic party, in 1970. He shared the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize with Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble.
Hume was in the western Austrian village of Alpbach attending the European Forum Alpbach, a two-week conference of the country’s political and intellectual elite.
He was transported to a hospital in Kufstein, which is nearby.
Hume had been scheduled to speak today with Austrian Vice Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel on the topic of Europe in the year 2000.
The longtime civil rights campaigner helped broker the Irish Republican Army’s first cease-fire, which lasted 13 days, in 1972. He also inspired the British and Irish governments to strike a treaty of cooperation over Northern Ireland in 1985.
He was elected to the European Parliament in 1979 and the British Parliament in 1983.
The Nobel citation called Hume ``the clearest and most consistent of Northern Ireland’s political leaders in his work for a peaceful solution.″
Hume has said he will donate his entire $457,600 share of the Nobel award to Northern Ireland’s poor and victims of violence.