Dalai Lama in India hospital
The Dalai Lama was hospitalized in New Delhi, his spokesman said early today, just days after a medical checkup cleared the Tibetan spiritual leader to resume foreign travel.
Tenzin Taklha told The Associated Press that the Dalai Lama, 73, was admitted to a New Delhi hospital for “further consultations with doctors.” Taklha declined to say when he was hospitalized or provide any details on his condition.
In August, the Dalai Lama was admitted to a Mumbai hospital and had tests for abdominal discomfort. Doctors advised him to cancel a planned trip to Europe and rest, saying he was suffering from exhaustion.
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