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Doctors Report Improvement in Bob Hope's Condition

Aired June 2, 2000 - 5:29 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DR. GARY ANNUNZIATA, EISENHOWER MEDICAL CENTER: ... after age 60 have them Only 5 percent of people who have them ever develop a symptom or bleed from them, so 95 percent never have anything related to that.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) 97-year-old patient in the ICU unit, as a medical professional, what concerns you at this point or what encourages you?

ANNUNZIATA: Stability of vital signs. That's the most important thing with bleeding. If someone begins to bleed, their heart rate begins to increase to pump blood around faster because there's less of it. The blood pressure begins to drop, they begin to look pale and they begin to sweat. And those are early signs of bleeding, in addition to the signs of actual blood coming from somewhere. And he's shown no signs of that. And since he's been here now and stabilized, there's been absolutely no further bleeding.

QUESTION: Do you expect him to remain hospitalized for a week still?

ANNUNZIATA: Yes, I would estimate that. And it's a low process of reassessments and re-examinations and blood tests. And as he progresses, we get him up and move him and start doing other things.

QUESTION: Has he started to do that yet? Has he started to be in a position to do that yet or no?

ANNUNZIATA: Yes, just about.

QUESTION: Has he done it yet or is he -- will you try to...

ANNUNZIATA: He will this afternoon.

QUESTION: Is a week's time common or (OFF-MIKE)

ANNUNZIATA: That's about common. It does vary from patient to patient. Someone sicker could stay here longer.

QUESTION: Is he eating normally? Is that part of the routine?

ANNUNZIATA: Yes, that will start today.

HOPKINS: Has he been awake and alert most of the day? ANNUNZIATA: Yes.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) talking?

ANNUNZIATA: Not a lot.

QUESTION: Has he cracked any jokes?

ANNUNZIATA: No.

QUESTION: Can you describe...

FRANK SESNO, CNN ANCHOR: You're listening to Dr. Gary Annunziata. He's attending 97-year-old Bob Hope in Rancho Mirage, California. Bob Hope hospitalized just yesterday for treatment of a gastrointestinal bleeding condition. The actor's condition being given as critical but now stable. Doctors there suggesting that an upgrade to Bob Hope's condition is pending, telling reporters there's been no additional bleeding, and Bob Hope has started eating.

His wife Dolores, a wife of 65 years, has been at his side throughout this entire process. So some encouraging words there from the hospital, those attending Bob Hope.

We'll be back after this.

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