May 18, 2007

Tun Mahathir : "I feel much better now"

Latest update from BERNAMA :

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is recuperating from breathing difficulties at the National Heart Institute (IJN), today congratulated the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, on his marriage with Tuanku Zara Salim Thursday.

The former prime minister, accompanied by his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, at Room 11 of the Coronary Care Unit, followed developments of the royal wedding in today's newspapers.

"I feel much better now," he told Bernama exclusively in his room while flipping through the pages of Utusan Malaysia which had published many pictures and news stories of the wedding at Istana Iskandariah in Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar.

Dr Mahathir said he was not sure when he would be discharged from the premier heart centre.

He thanked the doctors and staff of IJN and Langkawi Hospital for taking good care of him.

Dr Mahathir, who complained of breathing difficulties while on a two-day private visit to Langkawi on Monday, was transferred to IJN on Tuesday from Langkawi Hospital.

The former prime minister said he could now walk around his bed in his room and was not feeling dizzy or had difficulty in breathing.

"I also have no dietary restrictions," he said cheerfully, occasionally cracking jokes with his personal staff in his room.

Upon his discharge from IJN, Dr Mahathir said he would ease up on his hectic schedule on the advice of his personal physician and IJN's consultant cardiologist Datuk Dr Nasir Muda.

Dr Siti Hasmah also thanked the people including the Langkawi folk who prayed and held special prayers at mosques in the tourist island for Dr Mahathir's speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, Dr Nasir said Dr Mahathir would be at IJN for a few more days, without giving a definite date on when the former prime minister would be discharged.

"Dr Mahathir still needs to undergo chest physiotherapy daily and must be under doctors' observation," he added.

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