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Coretta Scott King Unable to Speak After Suffering Stroke


A doctor in Atlanta, Georgia says the widow of slain U.S. civil rights leader, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., suffered a major stroke Tuesday that has left her unable to speak.

Coretta Scott King's cardiologist says the stroke was the result of a blood clot that had moved from her heart and lodged in the left side of her brain.

The doctor says the 78-year-old Mrs. King is completely aware, although the stroke has affected her right side, as well as her ability to speak.

The cardiologist said Mrs. King would remain in the hospital for several days and need intensive physical therapy.

She was married to Reverend King for 15 years before he was assassinated in the city of Memphis in April 1968.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.