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Mother Teresa Shows Signs Of Recovery

Tue., Dec. 3, 1996

Mother Teresa was in critical condition and using an oxygen mask Monday, but the 86-year-old nun showed signs of recovery as she sat in a chair reading a Bible, the hospital said.

Doctors were worried about the condition of her kidneys and lungs following a heart attack and an angioplasty, but still were optimistic that the 86-year-old nun would recover enough to return to her work of caring for the poor.

“I am very hopeful and I am sure Mother will survive,” said Dr. Patricia Aubanel, one of seven doctors treating her, but added that her kidneys were not working well because her heart had been malfunctioning for several months.

The 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner suffered a mild heart attack on Nov. 22, and has been hospitalized ever since. It is her fourth hospitalization this year alone - the second for heart problems. Two others were for injuries from falls.

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