Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos was in stable condition at a New York hospital Friday after she collapsed during her racketeering trial and had to be carried from the courtroom on a stretcher, suffering stomach pains and bleeding from the mouth.
Marcos, 60, wearing an oxygen mask, her face pale and eyes closed, was loaded into an ambulance Thursday morning and taken from U.S. District Court in lower Manhattan to New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.Doctors diagnosed her as suffering from a severe inflammation of the stomach lining - a condition that is not life-threatening - and said that Marcos would be hospitalized for "several days."
She was in stable condition Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
It was the third time Marcos, who suffers from high blood pressure, has collapsed in court since her lengthy trial began April 3.
Marcos is being tried on charges that she and her late husband, former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos, conspired to buy New York real estate, art and jewelry with $222 million stolen from their homeland.