Malaysia's Mahathir to undergo second heart bypass

Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has been warded at the country's heart institute and is due to undergo his second bypass surgery, an official statement said Monday.

Malaysia's Mahathir to undergo second heart bypass
Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has been warded at the country's heart institute and is due to undergo his second bypass surgery, an official statement said Monday.

Mahathir, 81, was warded on Sunday and is set to undergo a coronary bypass surgery on Tuesday, the National Heart Institute hospital said in a statement released by the official Bernama news agency.

Yahya Awang, the surgeon who performed Mahathir's first bypass in 1989, is to head the surgery team for Tuesday's operation, the hospital statement said.

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

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

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

DPA
Last Mod: 03 Eylül 2007, 16:22
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