October 6, 1997 in Nation/World

Hospital Releases Thurmond, Who Became Dizzy At Rally

Compiled From Wire Services

Sen. Strom Thurmond has been released from a Washington D.C. hospital after suffering minor dehydration, his spokesman said.

The 94-year-old Thurmond was admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center Saturday after getting dizzy at the Promise Keepers rally.

Thurmond, R-S.C., was given no medication before his release early Sunday, but was told to drink plenty of water, spokesman John DeCrosta said.

“The decision for me to stay overnight at Walter Reed was a precautionary measure,” Thurmond said. “I am in fine health and am eager to continue my duties.”

Temperatures reached the mid-80s during the rally, and it was humid in a tent where Thurmond was listening to the speakers. He complained of feeling dizzy and faint.

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