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Mahathir discharged from heart hospital

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (AP) – Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad was discharged yesterday from the National Heart Institute two weeks after he was admitted and will recuperate at home, the hospital said.

The 96-year-old two-time former premier, once the world’s oldest leader, was admitted to the coronary care unit on January 20 for the third time in just over a month. The latest hospital stay followed an elective medical procedure at the same facility on January 7. In December, he was admitted for a full medical checkup and observation.

The hospital said Mahathir will have to follow up for continuation of his treatment, without giving any details. His prolonged stay at the hospital has sparked concerns over his health.

Mahathir said in a video message on Friday that he is recovering well.

The brief video posted on social media showed Mahathir walking into his house unassisted, reading a newspaper and having tea with his wife. Mahathir said in the video that he has been allowed to return home in the day but goes back to the hospital in the evening.

He looked frail and weaker than usual as he thanked those who had prayed for his recovery and sent him flowers and cards.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his wife at their residence in Seri Kembangan, Selangor. PHOTO: CNA
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