Sep 27, 2007

Tun Dr Mahathir making significant progress

Latest news on Tun Mahathir's condition

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is continuing to make significant progress, four days after his second surgical procedure on Saturday for wound debridement.

According to a statement released by the National Heart Institute (IJN), Dr Mahathir is now breathing on his own and doctors are focusing on post surgical rehabilitation.

These include physiotherapy to his chest to optimise respiratory function and exercises to his arms and legs to build muscle strength.

Dr Mahathir continues to be warded in the intensive care unit.

His daughter Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, meanwhile, wrote in her blog that the former Prime Minister "looked pretty good, for someone in ICU".

"Apparently he spent time last night grilling the doctors. I'm not sure many patients get to do that but as he sometimes like to sniffily remind us, 'I'm a doctor too, you know!"

"Isn't there some adage about doctors making bad patients?" she wrote, adding that she refer to think of a patient with personality as one who's definitely on the mend.

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