Nov 9, 2006

Abdullah Visits Mahathir At IJN

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Thursday visited former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who is now undergoing treatment at the National Heart Institute (IJN) here.



Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi spends about 15 minutes visiting former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who is now undergoing treatment at the National Heart Institute. Also seen is Mokhzani Mahathir (left).


The Prime Minister spent about 15 minutes at the institute.

On arrival at 2.15pm, the Prime Minister was received by IJN's chief executive officer Mohd Radzif Mohd Yunus and the institute's cardiologist Dr Sanjiv Joshi.

Abdullah was later ushered to the first floor, but reporters and photographers were not allowed to cover his visit.

The premier left the IJN about 2.30pm without speaking to reporters who were waiting at the lobby to get the latest development on Dr Mahathir.

The former premier was admitted for mild myocardial infarction (mild heart attack), according to a IJN statement.

Dr Mahathir who turns 81 next month, complained of mild chest pains in the early hours today and was then admitted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) for observation, the IJN said.

"His condition is stable and he is expected to be kept under observation for one week," it said.

Dr Mahathir had a coronary artery bypass surgery in 1989.

He had been having his regular medical check-ups at the institute, where he was last admitted in December last year.

Dr Mahathir has been advised to rest and will only receive visits from immediate family members.

In 1999, Dr Mahathir was also admitted to IJN to rest and undergo full treatment for a lung infection which he suffered after returning from performing the Haj.

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