August 27, 1996 in Nation/World

Mother Teresa Gains Strength, But Is Still Not Out Of Danger

Associated Press

Mother Teresa sat up in bed and showed other signs of recovery Monday following six days of treatment in a Calcutta hospital for a faltering heart and lung infection.

“We are very hopeful, though she is still not out of danger,” said Dr. Sandeep Lahiri, who is part of a team of six physicians treating the ailing Catholic nun.

Mother Teresa found the strength to gather herself up in bed for a few minutes and to scribble a note saying: “I want to see sisters.”

Over the weekend, her condition stabilized, but her heartbeat remained irregular and she was required to be on a respirator. By Monday evening, doctors had cut her time on the respirator to about half, said J.C. Ghosh, a cardiologist at the Woodlands Nursing Home in Calcutta.

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