November 30, 1996 in Nation/World

Angioplasty, Inner Strength Give Nun Life

Associated Press
 
Tags:health

Mother Teresa was near death after a heart attack a week ago, but doctors who removed blockages from her arteries on Friday said the 86-year-old nun will recover and be able to return to work.

One surgeon said Mother Teresa had a weak heart but astonishing “spiritual strength.”

“She surprises us every time. I’ve seen her near death at least on four occasions, and her recovery has always amazed me,” said Dr. Patricia Aubanel.

Aubanel helped perform an arterial procedure known as angioplasty Friday on Mother Teresa, as well as in 1991 and 1993.

Speaking to reporters two hours after the procedure, Aubanel also revealed for the first time that Mother Teresa had suffered a mild heart attack Nov. 22. She had been hospitalized since then with chest pain and breathing difficulties.

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