Sunday, September 7, 2008

Jesse Jackson Released From Hospital

Rainbow/PUSH leader is expected to resume normal activities Saturday

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. was released from a Chicago hospital Friday morning, two days after being admitted with stomach problems after returning to Chicago from a voter registration event.

Jackson was released late morning from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to a news release from the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Chicago civil rights organization Jackson leads. He was treated at Northwestern Memorial for viral gastroenteritis and severe dehydration, the release said.

Jackson entered the hospital Wednesday after returning from voter registration events in Ohio and Georgia. From his hospital room Thursday morning, he told the Tribune he was suffering from stomach pains.

"I have high regard for these doctors," Jackson said.

His organization's news release said Jackson will resume normal activities Saturday, appearing on his nationally televised talk show and at a regular Rainbow/PUSH forum.

Viral gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It can be spread by contact with infected people or through food or water, and can lead to dehydration.

Earlier this summer, Jackson told a Tribune reporter that he preferred to bump fists with supporters rather than shake hands to avoid contracting disease.

"I bump fists with people because it's more sanitary."
Source: ChicagoTribune.Com

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