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Nancy Reagan Hospitalized With Broken Pelvis

Nancy Reagan has been hospitalized with a broken pelvis after a fall at her Bel-Air home, her spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The 87-year-old former first lady fell last week, but she decided Monday to get checked out at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center because of persistent pain, spokeswoman Joanne Drake said.

Doctors determined she had a fractured pelvis and sacrum, a triangle-shaped bone made up of five fused vertebrae.

"She's in some pain but in very good spirits," Drake said.

Reagan was undergoing physical therapy but surgery won't be required, the spokeswoman said.

She apparently got up in middle of the night and fell after twisting on her leg. Pain persisted and she decided to go to the hospital.

Reagan will be hospitalized "for a few days — until doctors are satisfied with her progress — and then return home," Drake said in a statement. Recovery is expected within six to eight weeks, she said.

She was hospitalized three days in February after a similar fall at the hillside home she shared with President Reagan after their White House years. He died June 5, 2004, after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

It was initially feared Reagan broke her hip in that February fall, but tests determined there was no fracture.

Reagan has been active at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, about 50 miles from her home.