Nov 11, 2006

Dr M Recovering Well But May Not Attend Umno, Says Son

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is warded at the National Heart Institute (IJN) after a mild heart attack three days ago, is not likely to attend the Umno general assembly next week.

His son, Datuk Mukhhriz, said doctors treating the former prime minister had advised him to stay at the hospital for at least another week so that he could receive treatment and rest.

As such, his father would have to give the Umno general assembly a miss this time, he said.

He was speaking to reporters after Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, visited Dr Mahathir Saturday.

Asked on his father's condition, Mukhriz said Dr Mahathir was more comfortable now after being transferred out of the Coronary Care Unit (CCU).

"Today, he looked more at ease ... he was able to shave. It's a small pleasure of life," he said.

Mukhriz also said that his mother, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali, was coping well but was busy attending to Dr Mahathir.

He added that his mother would also give the Umno general assembly a miss because she had to be with Dr Mahathir at the hospital.

"If the general assembly is telecast live on TV, then he (Dr Mahathir) will watch it from his room at the hospital," he said.

Dr Mahathir, 81, was admitted to the CCU early Thursday morning after suffering a mild heart attack at home and transferred to the normal ward yesterday after doctors were satisfied with his condition.

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