President Food's wife Betty was recovering satisfactorily in Hospital at Washington after surgery yesterday (28 September) to remove her right breast because of cancer.
GV&SV Mrs Ford being applauded at consumer's group on Thursday (2 shots)
President and son arriving and into hospital
SV Ford speaking outside.....
FORD: "Let me make one or two comments. I've just spent some time with Betty and her spirits are excellent, she looks great, and we are very encouraged after talking with the doctor -- the doctors, I should say. She's a great girls and she's dong very well. Thank you."
Two days ago, Mrs Ford spoke to a consumers' meeting and seemed happy to get a present, a wooden elephant. Just few hours earlier, she had learned she might have breast cancer. She and the Preside decided to keep it a family secret until after she had entered hospital last night. This morning, while Mrs Ford was still in the operating room, the President arrived with their son Mike. Earlier, former President Nixon had called to say that he hopped everything would be all right. After the two-and-a-half hour operation, Mr Ford spoke with his wife who was awake, but groggy. Then the President went ahead with his commitment to make the wrap-up speech at the summit conference on inflation.
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Background: President Food's wife Betty was recovering satisfactorily in Hospital at Washington after surgery yesterday (28 September) to remove her right breast because of cancer. The shock announcement of the operation was made greater because Mrs Ford pursued her official engagements up to the ever of entering hospital.
The full extent of the cancer is not expected to be known for several days But President Ford was optimistic after visiting his wife -- he'd delayed attending the final session of the domestic summit on inflation to be at his wife's bedside.
The tumour had been discovered during routine examination only last week. This variety of cancer is the most common afflicting women. Mrs Ford is expected to remain in hospital for at least ten days.
Coverage includes film of Mrs Ford at one of her last public engagements., a consumers' meeting a couple of days before entering hospital. There's also a brief interview with President Ford.
SYNOPSIS - American were shocked to learn that President Ford's wife, Betty, had been admitted to hospital on Saturday for an emergency operations. Her right breast was removed because of cancer.
A report from Washington: