The freed hostage from the American embassy in Teheran, Richard Queen, entered a military hospital in Wiesbaden, West Germany on Saturday (12 July) for neurological tests.
SV Parents of released hostage arriving in Zurich
GV EXTERIOR Hospital
CU Hostage's father talking
SV Parents visiting hospital
GV & SV Parents leaving hospital and talking to newsmen (2 shots)
CU Mrs Queen talking
CU Father talking to newsmen and mother (2 shots)
GV Ambulance taking hostage to airport at Zurich
SV & GV Aircraft in Zurich (2 shots)
GV Newsmen watch plane leave
LV Plane taking off
SV Hostage on stretcher being taken off plane in Frankfurt and carried to ambulance
GV Parents arriving in Frankfurt airport
GV EXTERIOR Military hospital, Wiesbaden
BITTERMANN: "By the time Mr. and Mrs. Harold Queen arrived in Zurich last night it was nearly midnight. They wanted to see their son. Despite the hour they went to the hospital where he was being treated and stayed with him thirty minutes, the first time they had seen him since he left for Teheran a year ago."
MR. QUEEN: "Obviously he is not as we knew him when we remembered him when he left a year ago. He needs treatment; he needs care. But we feel confident that he'll be restored to good health."
BITTERMANN: "This morning the Queens went back to visit Richard. Mrs. Queen took a bouquet of flowers with her. Neither could hide their happiness at having their son back. After a two-hour visit, the Queens said they had not asked their son for details of his captivity but just shared the happiness over his freedom."
MR. QUEEN: "Yes we saw him last night and obviously we saw him early this morning and the improvement is tremendous. It's almost an hour by hour improvement. His spirits are great, his mind is clear, his mood is excellent."
BITTERMANN: "Mrs. Queen said her son was not bitter."
MRS. QUEEN: "He himself. he has no hard feelings although there were some tremendous, incredible, unbelievable, hard moments."
BITTERMANN: "Mr. Queen said Richard had totally out of touch with the outside world during his months of captivity. It's like someone coming out of a locked room, he said."
REPORTER: JIM BITTERMANN
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Background: The freed hostage from the American embassy in Teheran, Richard Queen, entered a military hospital in Wiesbaden, West Germany on Saturday (12 July) for neurological tests. Doctors will continue tests begun in Zurich to try to discover the disorder troubling the 28-year-old vice-consul from the occupied embassy. In Zurich, Queen was reunited with his parents after spending eight months in captivity. Jim Bittermann of N.B.C. takes up the story.
SYNOPSIS: From Zurich, Queen was flown on board an American airforce medical evacuation plane to Frankfurt. He was accompanied by his parents, State Department doctors and a State Department official. In Teheran, one of the students who held Mr. Queen hostage said the diplomat suddenly began vomiting and losing his balance on July the 8th. His condition became worse and he was transferred to a Teheran hospital. Neurologists who examined Mr. Queen in Teheran found evidence of a nervous disorder going back six months.
In Frankfurt, Mr. Queen greeted a waiting crowd of reporters and cameramen with a wave and a grin before being put into a military ambulance for the 30-minute drive to Wiesbaden. An American official said Mr. Queen would stay in hospital for several days. But no official statements would be given on his condition. The Wiesbaden hospital to which Mr. Queen was admitted is the American airforce's biggest and best-equipped outside the United States. The only other hostages released by the Iranians, thirteen women and black personnel, were examined there last November before being flown back to the United States.