Former German Chancellor in Hospital: Concerns Grow Over Helmut Kohl's Health
There has been growing concern about the health of Helmut Kohl, Germany's chancellor from 1982 until 1998, after it emerged that he was in intensive care. He has had circulation problems following a fall two months ago in which he sustained a severe head injury.
Helmut Kohl at a ceremony in July 2007 with his partner Maike Richter, whom he plans to marry.
But they say he can't make phone calls because he cannot speak clearly enough to be understood. In addition, being confined to bed for so long has affected his circulation.
It had already taken Kohl several weeks to get back on his feet after a knee operation at the end of last year. At the moment he is only allowing close friends to visit him.
Kohl's first wife Hannelore committed suicide in 2001. She had suffered from a rare illness that made her allergic to light.
Kohl was post-war Germany's longest-serving chancellor. He was a driving force behind European integration and was among the strongest advocates of Europe's single currency.
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