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Ex-Australian PM Howard hospitalised: report

Former Australian prime minister John Howard was hospitalised over the weekend after a severe allergic reaction to an anaesthetic, it was reported Sunday.

Howard, whose conservative administration ruled Australia from 1996 to 2007, spent two nights in hospital after suffering an anaphylactic anaphylactic /ana·phy·lac·tic/ (an?ah-fi-lak´tik) pertaining to anaphylaxis.
anaphylactic (an´
 reaction to anaesthetic during a visit to the dentist, national news agency Australian Associated Press Australian Associated Press (AAP) is Australia's national news agency. The organisation was established in 1935.

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Opposition front-bencher Tony Abbott told AAP AAP - Association of American Publishers  that Howard, 70, was discharged from Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital The Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) is a major public teaching hospital in Sydney, Australia, located in St Leonards. It serves as a teaching hospital for the University of Sydney and has approximately 740 beds.  on Sunday, which is Father's Day in Australia.

"I spoke to him this afternoon and he was chirpy chirp·y  
1. Characterized by chirping tones: a bird with a chirpy song.

2. Tending to chirp: a chirpy parakeet.

, joking and saying what a pleasant Father's Day he'd had," Abbott said.

He said an ambulance rushed Howard to the hospital on Friday after the allergic reaction.

"He came home this morning, he'll probably take it easy for the next couple of days but that's all it was, just a reaction to an anaesthetic, there'll be no long-term effects whatsoever," Abbott said.

"He'll probably be on the golf course next weekend, I suspect."
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