October 23rd, 2009
10:01 AM ET
12 years ago

Sen. McCain's mother hospitalized in Portugal

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/23/art.mccainmom.gi.jpg caption="Roberta McCain is hospitalized in Lisbon, Portugal, after injuring her head in a fall. "](CNN) - The mother of U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain is hospitalized in Lisbon, Portugal, after injuring her head in a fall, McCain's spokeswoman said Friday.

Roberta McCain, 97, was visiting Lisbon as a tourist when she fainted and hurt her head, spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said.

McCain is stable and will be held for observation, Dr. Fatima Palmero of the Sao Jose Hospital told CNN. It is not clear when McCain might leave the hospital, Palermo said.

The senator has spoken to his mother and the doctors treating her, who report that she is recovering well, Buchanan said.

Portuguese TV station TVI24 reported that the elder McCain was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after falling in a street in downtown Lisbon. She was found lying on the ground and had hurt her head and face, the station reported.

– CNN's Dana Bash in Washington and Andreia De Oliveira in London, England, contributed to this report.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Dave

    I'm a staunch Democrat, but all politics aside, I'm very sorry to hear this news and hope that Sen. McCain's mother gets well soon. Any injury to a 97-year-old is always scary. Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery!

    October 23, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Ray

    Hope she recovers swiftly. My thoughts and prayers go out to the McCain family.

    October 23, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. Republicans are the American Taliban

    So I take it mother McCain has good healthcare insurance?

    October 23, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Lynne - Seattle

    Get well Mommy McCain!

    October 23, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Christian Values

    Hope she gets better. I don't agree with her son nor any of his principals/policies. None the less, let's wish her a speedy recovery.

    October 23, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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