Nov 12, 2006

Doctors advise Mahathir to rest for two months

KUALA LUMPUR: (The Star) The doctor’s advice to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is two months of complete rest so that he can recover fully said his son Datuk Mukhriz Mohamad.

"Although he is recovering well and has had no untoward reaction to the medication he is receiving, he must rest fully.

"But whether this means a complete break during the two months or a gradual but slow return to work during that time has not been decided yet," Mukhriz said.

Mukhriz added that plans for a holiday at a quieter place upon being discharged had been suggested to his father, but said even that would result in people who would show up to visit his father.

Mukhriz, who held a press conference at the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Sunday, also gave further information on the check-up Dr Mahathir had underwent in December, which included an angiogram.

"It was discovered then that he had three blockages. There was also a specialist from the Mayo clinic who had some advice for my father."

Mukhriz said the specialist advised against invasive procedures due to Dr Mahthir's age and also to maintain a proper diet and a relaxed lifestyle.

"However, the pace of activity last week was probably too hectic when he went to Jeddah and then to New Zealand.

"The specialist also said that my father was the type of person who cannot stop working and would probably deteriorate if his mind was not active."

Mukhriz said "deteriorate" may be too strong a word, but the advice was for Dr Mahathir to continue working.

He added that since then, the family had hired a chef to prepare healthy meals (mostly vegetarian) for Dr Mahathir.

Mukhriz said his father would also be starting some light exercise soon as he saw his father's sneakers being brought up to the room.

Dr Mahathir was admitted to the IJN early Wednesday morning after he suffered a mild heart attack.

He added that because of the sheer number of people who were worried for his father, prayers for Dr Mahathir's speedy recovery would be held on Tuesday, 6.30pm, at the Grand Seasons Hotel.

"This is especially for the Umno General Assembly delegates including the supreme council and the Prime Minister."

Mukhriz reconfirmed that his father would not attend the assembly but would follow proceedings on the television in his room.

Visitors continued to visit Dr Mahathir on Sunday, including Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, National Service Training Council chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

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