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Ex-Malaysia Premier Mahathir Discharged From Australia Hospital

Mahathir Discharged From Australia Hospital
Mahathir Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia, left, and his wife Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne on Oct. 4. Source: Office of Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad via Bloomberg

Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Mahathir Mohamad, the 85-year-old former Malaysian Prime Minister, was discharged from a hospital in Melbourne this morning after treatment for a chest infection, his spokesman said.

“The medical team is happy with Dr. Mahathir’s rate of progress, but he will still be placed under observation for an unspecified period,” spokesman Sufi Yusoff said in an e-mailed statement.

Mahathir, who retired as Malaysia’s leader in 2003 after two decades as premier, fell ill after traveling to Australia to address a seminar on human development. Doctors will continue to administer antibiotics, the statement said.

A medical doctor by training, Mahathir suffered heart attacks in May 2007 and November 2006 and was hospitalized in April 1999 with a lung infection. He underwent heart-bypass surgery in 1989 and again in September 2007.

The former leader left in “good spirits” and is likely to fly home to Malaysia later this week, the Bernama newswire reported, citing an unidentified hospital spokeswoman.

To contact the reporter on this story: Barry Porter in Kuala Lumpur at bporter10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bill Austin at billaustin@bloomberg.net.

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