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Thatcher returns home after two weeks in hospital

world Updated: Jun 29, 2009 20:39 IST

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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher returned home on Monay after two weeks of stay in hospital where she was treated for a broken left arm sustained in a fall.

Thatcher, 83, dressed in a pink and cream outfit, with her arm in a sling, waved at reporters with the other hand and smiled at them from the doorsteps of her central London Home.

She had fractured her arm after she tripped at her home on June 12, and underwent a surgery at Chelsea and Westminster hospital on June 19 after the injury failed to heal.

A pin was inserted in a bone in her upper arm during the operation.

She has suffered a number of health scares in recent years, including a series of minor strokes.

She had also cut down her commitments, all but stopping speaking public, on advice of doctors several years ago, but continued to attend ceremonial functions.

Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister -- between 1979 and 1990 -- and first female leader of the Conservative Party.

In May she marked the 30th anniversary of her ascent to power.