- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 17, 2003

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Former President Ford was feeling “quite well” yesterday and was expected to be released from a hospital where he spent the night after becoming dizzy while playing golf in hot weather, his doctor said.

“He’s perfectly stable, he’s responding to treatment and he has no complaints physically,” said Dr. Alan Kiselstein, the former president’s doctor of 15 years.

Mr. Ford, 89, had experienced episodes of lightheadedness associated with changes in his blood pressure for several days before he came to Eisenhower Medical Center, Dr. Kiselstein said.

“The particular causes of these episodes are multiple, complex and interactive. None of them appear life-threatening. They are rather more related to the aging process,” Dr. Kiselstein said.

The nation’s 38th president had a particularly severe episode of lightheadedness while playing golf in 96-degree temperatures Friday. He left the hospital that night, but the dizziness persisted and he returned.

Dr. Kiselstein said that doctors were adjusting Mr. Ford’s medication, and that he was expected to be released yesterday. The doctor declined to name the medications.

Mr. Ford suffered a mild stroke in August 2000 when he was in Philadelphia to attend the Republican National Convention.

He is the nation’s only president never elected to that office or the vice presidency. President Nixon chose him as vice president to replace Spiro Agnew, who was forced from office by scandal.

Mr. Ford, a Michigan Republican, then took office as president minutes after Nixon resigned.

He declared “our long national nightmare is over,” but revived the debate a month later by granting Mr. Nixon a pardon for all crimes he committed as president. That single act, it was widely believed, cost Mr. Ford election to a term of his own in 1976.

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