February 19, 2008 / 12:58 AM / 11 years ago

Nancy Reagan to stay in hospital additional night

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nancy Reagan, widow of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, is expected to stay in the hospital for a second night following a fall at her Los Angeles home on Sunday, a Reagan family spokeswoman said on Monday.

Nancy Reagan, wife of former President Ronald Reagan, attends the CNN/Los Angeles Times Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California in this file photo taken January 30, 2008. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/Files

Doctors are attending to Reagan at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica and have finished several medical tests with normal results, spokeswoman Joanne Drake said.

“But she’s tired and sore, and they thought it was best — at this late hour of the day — to keep her here and send her home well-rested tomorrow,” Drake said in an interview.

Drake did not know what caused the fall of 86-year-old Reagan, one of this country’s most influential and controversial First Ladies.

Reagan founded the Just Say No anti-drug campaign aimed at American youth and has sided against prominent Republicans, including current President George W. Bush, by advocating for stem cell research.

Her husband occupied the White House from 1981 to 1989 and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease before his death in 2004.

Reporting by Amanda Beck, editing by Todd Eastham

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