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Mayor Daley, wife felled by stomach flu

Mrs. Daley may have broken ribs in fall

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is seen with his wife at the November lighting ceremony for the city's official holiday tree.

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CHICAGO (CNN) -- Mayor Richard M. Daley and his wife Maggie were being treated Friday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for symptoms of stomach flu, their doctor said.

"Both had fairly violent vomiting and diarrhea," said Dr. David Zull. "Both had fainting episodes as well due to the dehydration and vomiting."

The mayor's wife appeared to have broken her ribs when she fainted and fell on a carpet, he said. The mayor was not hurt when he "slumped" onto a carpet, the emergency medicine specialist said.

"Both are in stable condition right now and fairly comfortable, but will likely be admitted to the hospital because of the dehydration and fainting they both experienced."

The couple began experiencing symptoms around 1 a.m. and were taken by ambulance to the hospital around 10 a.m., where they will likely remain overnight, Zull said. Stomach flu symptoms typically resolve within 12 hours, he added.

A former state senator and county prosecutor, Daley, 60, was elected mayor in 1989 to complete the term of the late Harold Washington. He was re-elected in 1991, 1995 and 1999.

Maggie Daley may have broken her ribs when she fainted.
Maggie Daley may have broken her ribs when she fainted.

Last March, Daley was hospitalized overnight after nearly fainting at a restaurant.

Tests at Northwestern Memorial Hospital ruled out a heart attack or a blood clot as a possible cause. Daley, who suffers from high blood pressure, has a history of heart problems.

Daley takes medication for his high blood pressure, and that condition is under control, his doctor said.

Daley suffered chest pain in Friday's event, but it was "more than likely related to vomiting," Zull said, adding that the pain appeared unrelated to any prior history of illness with the mayor.

Since other people who dined with the couple last night have not become sick, the doctor said food poisoning was likely not the cause.

"The mayor is a trouper," said Daley's spokeswoman Jackie Heard, who met them both at the hospital. "He still appears to be in very good spirits."

Mrs. Daley "clearly appears to be feeling much better."

The couple's extended family members were with them at the hospital, she said.

The mayor is the son of the late legendary Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley.

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