Christopher Leaves Hospital; Doctors Say Health Is Excellent

from Associated Press

Secretary of State Warren Christopher was released from the hospital Saturday morning after doctors pronounced him in excellent physical condition, a spokeswoman said.

Christopher spent the night at Georgetown University Hospital under observation for a bleeding ulcer. He left in the late morning.

State Department spokeswoman Julie Reside said he would be back at work Monday and would resume his full public schedule.

Christopher is expected to testify before Congress this week and then leave for a five-nation trip to the Middle East March 7 or 8.

The 69-year-old secretary was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer Thursday while in Ottawa, Canada, with President Clinton. Doctors blamed an anti-inflammatory drug he was taking for arthritis.

Flying home Friday, Christopher told reporters on Air Force One that he felt fit, though he admitted: "I felt lousy yesterday."

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