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Bob Hope Stable After Toughing Out Bout of Internal Bleeding

Aired June 2, 2000 - 2:04 p.m. ET

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

ANDRIA HALL, CNN ANCHOR: The latest word on Bob Hope is the entertainment legend is toughing it out at a hospital in Southern California. Hope remains in the critical care unit after a bout of internal bleeding.

CNN's Dennis Michael has the very latest from Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.

Hi.

DENNIS MICHAEL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hello, how are you?

I have to tell you that Bob Hope will be spending this very warm Friday in the intensive care unit here at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, and they will be deciding tomorrow whether or not to move him up to a private suite elsewhere in the hospital. But, otherwise, the show business legend is doing pretty well.

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DR. GARY ANNUNZIATA, EISENHOWER MEDICAL CENTER: We have a man who's 97. And to go through an event like this and stay as stable as he has and weather it this well is very good. And it just shows that he's a strong, fairly healthy person.

He's 97, and at 97, you know, anything can happen. But, again, he's very strong and otherwise very -- in very, very good shape.

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MICHAEL: The event that they're talking about happened Thursday morning. Bob Hope experienced what is referred to as a lower intestinal spontaneous bleed, which is described as a very common event for elderly patients. And, of course, Bob Hope is 97 years old. That would have taken care of itself, also, spontaneously. He was stabilized at a hospital very near his home and then transferred here to the medical center in Rancho Mirage. They are keeping an eye on him.

But, again, the general prognosis is good. They expect him to make a full recovery. And we're keeping an eye on things here in the heat. He's inside.

Back to you, Natalie. Thank you, Dennis, very much.

A lot of people pulling for Mr. Hope.

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