Nov 10, 2006

Tun Mahathir Progressing Well, Says IJN

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was warded at the National Heart Institute (IJN) here early Thursday for mild heart attack, has been progressing well and is expected to be transferred to a normal ward in one or two days' time.

The former prime minister went through a routine blood, x-ray and echocardiography tests Friday morning and is currently in stable condition at the Coronary Care Unit (CCU), said a statement issued by IJN here Friday.

IJN's doctors attending to Dr Mahathir were satisfied that he had spent a trouble-free night, having eaten and slept well throughout the first 24 hours of admission, it said.

Dr Mahathir was admitted to the heart centre after complaining of chest pains at his house in Seri Kembangan early Thursday.

The former prime minister had a coronary artery bypass surgery at IJN in 1989 and had been having his regular medical check-ups at the institute, where he was last admitted in December last year.

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

The statement also said that Dr Mahathir and wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali and their family expressed their gratitude to all Malaysians and foreign friends who had sent their get well wishes and prayers for Dr Mahathir's speedy recovery.

Meanwhile Friday, Acting president for Ministers and Deputy Ministers' Wives Association, Bakti, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was among those who visited Dr Mahathir.

The Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's wife, who was accompanied by Datin Seri Wendy Ong, the wife of the Housing and Local Government Minister and MCA president, together with Toh Puan Ena Ling, the wife of Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik spent two hours at the hospital to lend moral support to Dr Siti Hasmah.

Besides visiting Dr Mahathir, they were there "just to be with her (Dr Siti Hasmah, the former president of Bakti) and to give her moral support and to cheer her up," Rosmah told reporters when met at the hospital here.

Rosmah said Dr Siti Hasmah had been coping well with the situation and looked relax and bright.

"She is OK. We laugh and joke. In Bakti, we always cheer each other up," she said and added, she however was not able to meet Dr Mahathir who was having his afternoon nap when she arrived at about 1.45pm.

Besides Rosmah, Member of Parliament for Gua Musang, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin also visited Dr Mahathir.

Zainuddin who arrived at about 6pm spent about one-hour with the former prime minister's family.

He, who was also unable to see Dr Mahathir who was having a rest, told reporters that he was glad to hear that the former prime minister's health has improved.

DAP leaders Lim Kit Siang, Dr Tan Seng Giaw, Tan Kok Wai and Fong Kui Lun also called on Dr Mahathir at 11.30 am.

Lim told reporters that on their arrival, Dr Mahathir was reading a book on a sofa at his ward accompanied by his wife Dr Siti Hasmah.

The opposition leader said the former prime minister appeared healthy and energised, and he prayed that Dr Mahathir would get well soon.

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