KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been transferred to the Bunga Raya ward from the Intensive Care Unit of the National Heart Institute (IJN) at noon Monday.
The IJN said in a statement here that the doctors were happy with the former prime minister's progress and will continue with post-surgery rehabilitation including chest and muscle strenghtening exercises.
"Dr Mahathir has also been able to walk unaided since Sunday," said the IJN.
Dr Mahathir, 81, underwent a wound debridement surgery at the IJN on Sept 22 which was carried out by the same team of consultant surgeons who performed a second coronary bypass operation on him on Sept 4.
Despite being transferred to the normal ward, the IJN still limits visitions to immediate family members in order to give the former prime minister adequate rest in between physioteraphy sessions.
His son, Datuk Mokhzani told reporters at the IJN that his father was getting better and `improving a lot'.
"He is not going to be discharged today. It looks like we will be here for Hari Raya. Insya Allah, he will continue to improve and strengthen," he said.
Dr Mahathir's daughter, Datin Paduka Marina in her blog said her father had spaghetti marinara, salad, fruit and pudding for lunch after being transferred to the normal ward.
She said his moving up to the Bunga Raya ward was good enough for the family and Marina also posted some photos of his father on her blog, www.rantingsbymm.blogspot.com.
"I dashed to the IJN and found a whole press scrum downstairs. It seems that someone had told them that dad would be discharged today. Not quite true! But for the moment, the move up to the fifth floor (normal ward) is good enough for us," she said.
Marina said her mother, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali visited the mechanical heart girl, Tee Hui Yi this morning.
"She's awake, looking good and even holding two thumbs up in triumph. Her parents are by her side and beside themselves with joy," she said.
* Latest photos of Tun Mahathir are available at Marina Mahathir's blog
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