The Dalai Lama Hospitalized with Arm Pain
The Dalai Lama, who will be turning 74 years old this year, was hospitalized with arm pain today in New Delhi. In October of this year, the Dalai Lama was hospitalized with gallstone problems and underwent surgery. Although the Dalai Lama’s current condition is not life-threatening, Tibetan leader’s frail health has caused concerns among his followers about the future of Tibet’s independence struggle.
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, was taken to a hospital in New Delhi on Monday after complaining of "a mild discomfort" in both his arms, his aides said.
A spokesman said the 73-year-old leader had been diagnosed with a "pinched nerve," a condition caused by a slipped disc pressing against a nerve. It can cause a tingling sensation or pain in the arms and legs, doctors said.
The exiled leader was taken to New Delhi's Apollo Hospital from his north Indian headquarters in Dharamsala.
Taklha said the Dalai Lama had been released from hospital and would spend the night in a hotel.
Chhime Chhoekyapa, another Dalai Lama aide, said the leader would return to Dharamsala on Tuesday and prepare for a trip to Italy and Germany beginning February 8.