Malaysian ex-PM Mahathir undergoes second heart bypass

A team of specialists and surgeons successfully conducted a second heart bypass on Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad Tuesday, his daughter said.

Malaysian ex-PM Mahathir undergoes second heart bypass
A team of specialists and surgeons successfully conducted a second heart bypass on Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad Tuesday, his daughter said.

Mahathir, who will turn 82 in December, was admitted to Kuala Lumpur's National Heart Institute Sunday to prepare for his second coronary bypass surgery.

After the five-hour operation, Mahathir was taken to the intensive care unit, said Mahathir's daughter, Datuk Paduka Marina Mahathir.

"He is fine and out of the operating theatre and is now in the ICU," she told reporters in the hospital lobby. "We are all very happy and everything went according to plan."

Marina Mahathir also thanked well-wishers and friends for their prayers via e-mails and text messages, adding that Tuesday's operation was "very much better than the one in 1989," the official Bernama news agency reported.

Yahya Awang, the surgeon who performed the former premier's first bypass 18 years ago, headed the surgery team Tuesday, said Mahathir's special officer Sufi Yusoff.

In November, the fiery and outspoken Mahathir suffered a mild heart attack, followed by bouts of lung infection and breathing difficulties earlier this year.

Marina Mahathir had written in her web journal Monday that the former leader would be the oldest person in the country to have a second bypass but expressed her confidence in the team of specialists tending to her father.

"Two weeks ago, he went in for some tests and an angiogram to determine the next course of action after which this decision to redo the bypass was made," she wrote.

Mahathir led Malaysia for 22 years until 2003 and stepped down after choosing his then-deputy, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, to replace him.

Last year, Mahathir began launched scathing attacks on Abdullah and his government, accusing the new leader of corruption, incompetence and mismanaging the economy.

However, his bout of illnesses and frequent admissions to hospital curtailed his vocal opposition to the government after doctors and family members advised him to slow down and rest more.

DPA
Last Mod: 04 Eylül 2007, 14:11
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