Va. Senator Taken to Hospital After Choking

January 28, 2011

A Virginia legislator was taken to the hospital after getting choked on the Senate floor.

Sen. Linda "Toddy" Puller was eating soup during the floor session when she started gasping. Sen. Ralph Northam, who is a doctor, came to her aid. Northam said Puller had a spasm in her throat.

Puller refused to ride a stretcher out of the state Capitol, instead walking to an awaiting ambulance. As she left the Capitol under close watch by emergency workers, Puller told colleagues that she would call them over the weekend.

Puller was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.

Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple said Puller was fine, adding, "She's tough as nails."

The Senate adjourned after the incident.

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