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Former Malaysia PM Mahathir's condition improving, to remain in hospital

Former Malaysia PM Mahathir's condition improving, to remain in hospital

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad reacts during an interview with Reuters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Oct 16, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Lim Huey Teng)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's former leader Mahathir Mohamad, who served as prime minister for more than two decades, is showing signs of improved health, but will remain in hospital to receive specialist care, his daughter said on Tuesday (Jan 25).

The 96-year-old has an improved appetite and even made jokes with family, Marina Mahathir said in a statement.

She also said her father requested people not be too worried about his health.

"Mahathir and his family, were moved and thanked all who prayed for his speedy recovery," Marina said, referring to the wishes conveyed by foreign leaders and the people.

He is receiving treatment at the National Heart Institute under specialist supervision.

“For now, (the National Heart Institute) does not allow visitors apart from close family members,” she added. 

Mahathir, who is still an active lawmaker, was readmitted to hospital after successfully undergoing an elective medical procedure on Jan 8. 

On Saturday, Marina said Dr Mahathir's condition was stable and he was responding well to treatment following the procedure.

He was admitted and discharged in December after his doctors said they were satisfied with the results of necessary investigations.

Source: Agencies/ng

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