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12.04.12

Kate Middleton Feeling Better, But Will Stay in Hospital

Update on the Duchess's condition at 18:50 GMT

Newsflash! Kate's feeling better - but she's going to be staying in hospital for a few more days anyway.

After spending the day by his wife's side, Prince William has just left the London hospital where Kate will tonight spend a second night, with acute morning sickness.

Nort leaving were the hundreds of news reporters, photographer and TV crews who have set up camp outside the hospital in freezing conditions.

A St. James's Palace spokesman said tonight: "The Duchess of Cambridge is continuing to feel better. She and the Duke are immensely grateful for the good wishes they have received. She will remain in hospital at present and will continue to be treated for Hyperemesis Gravidarum.'

As Dr Kent Sepkowitz wrote on the Beast today: "Morning sickness resembles hyperemesis the way a twisted ankle resembles a compound fracture with two bones sticking out through the skin. This hyperemesis is a real medical condition affecting 1 or 2 percent of women early in pregnancy. In the olden days, before IV fluid was routine, women died of hyperemesis due to the severe dehydration it caused (including Charlotte Brontë, according to apocryphal legend). More commonly, afflicted women felt so bad day after day, week after week that death seemed preferable."