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Betty Ford / Hospitalization #53384

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 11, 1978
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(Studio) Mrs. Betty Ford's entrance into Long Beach Naval Hospital's drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in California and her own stated reasons for doing so reported Mrs. Ford's health history recalled, include radical mastectomy in 1974 and her arthritis. Her treatment with potentially habit-forming drug Equagesic noted. Friends' reports that Mrs Ford has said she has arrested alcohol problem mentioned. Earlier interview with Mrs. Ford, in Palm Springs, shown. Anchor quotes from "Fortune" magazine interview with Gerald Ford, in which friends' concerns about Mrs. Ford's health and drug treatment are cited. [FORD - says wife is in good health; describes nonmedicated treatment for pinched nerve. Says friends worry is unnecessary, because drug rumors not true.] Physicians' statements on Mrs. Ford's condition given. Gerald Ford's support for wife noted.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Walters, Barbara

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