SPD leader Franz Muentefering collapses at rally
25 August 2005, HOMBURG, GERMANY - The leader of Germany's ruling Social Democrats, Franz Muentefering, was released from hospital on Thursday one day after collapsing while giving a speech at an election rally.
25 August 2005
HOMBURG, GERMANY - The leader of Germany's ruling Social Democrats, Franz Muentefering, was released from hospital on Thursday one day after collapsing while giving a speech at an election rally.
The 65-year-old Muentefering, who chairs Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD), apparently fainted and was caught by aides as he fell in the western German city of Homburg.
Muentefering, who was suffering from a stomach virus, had been discharged from hospital after undergoing a full check-up, said SPD spokesman Lars Kuehn.
"This found he is doing fine," said Kuehn, adding that Muentefering was flying back to Berlin and would resume work later Thursday.
The SPD leader's dramatic collapse was caught by TV cameras. After speaking for about 30 minutes at a rally held in a pedestrian zone in Homburg, Muentefering suddenly stopped talking and grabbed the speaker's lectern.
He was treated by medical staff on the stage before an ambulance rushed him to Homburg University Clinic.
Muentefering has been following a hectic campaign schedule in a bid to boost Schroeder's SPD who badly trail the opposition conservatives in the run-up to Germany's September 18 general election.
Subject: German news