Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad discharged from IJN today

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, 82, who underwent a landmark second multiple by-pass on 4 September and an open chest debridement surgery on 22 September, will be discharged this morning (10.30am) from IJN.

The surgeons, physicians and other essential cardiothoracic professionals in IJN are happy with his progress and confident he is well enough to leave the dedicated coronary hospital seven weeks after admission and being infirmed.

An official media statement would be issued later by IJN, via his PA Sufi Yusoff.

We would like to express our utmost gratitude and appreciation to the hardworking and dedicated surgeons, physicians and all IJN staff who had cared for him through out these trying seven weeks.

A special tribute also to Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd. Ali, all the children and the rest of the family and private staff of them, for their love, dedication and support for Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

To the rest, for their doas and prayers, may Allah s.w.t. repay your kindness and sincerity to see Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad well again.

* IJN’s media statement via Sufi Yusoff, 11.30pm:


Institut Jantung Negara, 21 October…..


YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad has been discharged from Institut Jantung Negara today.

IJN doctors are happy that Tun Dr Mahathir has made encouraging progress in his post-surgical rehabilitation process since undergoing a second surgery for wound debridement on Sept 22.

He had been admitted to the IJN on Sept 2 for a coronary bypass procedure which was done on Sept 4.

Tun Dr Mahathir is expected to continue with physiotherapy exercises at home.

During this post-surgical rehabilitation process he is also expected to undergo periodical checkups at the IJN.



For media enquiries please contact Sufi Yusoff



This is Bernama.com’s story on the discharge from IJN, as of 12.20pm:

General October 21, 2007 12:20 PM
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 (Bernama) — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was discharged from the National Heart Institute (IJN) this morning, 47 days after undergoing a second coronary bypass operation on Sept 4.

The former prime minister has made encouraging progress in his post-surgical rehabilitation process since undergoing a second surgery for a wound debridement on Sept 22, the IJN said in a statement today.

A cheerful-looking Dr Mahathir waved to the public at the IJN as he walked out of the VIP ward at 10.20am in the company of his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali, his children and doctors to a waiting car.

Dr Mahathir will continue with his physiotherapy exercises at home and come for periodic check-ups at the institute as part of his post-surgical rehabilitation process, it said.

His daughter, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, told reporters at the IJN lobby that doctors have advised her father to rest at home and continue with the rehabilitation programmes and follow-up treatment.

“My father is happy to be able to go home. He wants to be in a different environment and wishes to rest,” she said, adding that the family would hold thanksgiving prayers soon.

Marina said Dr Mahathir expressed his gratitude to IJN staff who took care of him during his stay at the country’s premier heart centre.

“We have agreed to discharge Tun Mahathir now that he has fully recovered,” said Tan Sri Dr Yahya Awang who headed the panel of heart surgeons who operated on the former prime minister.

Two nurses from IJN would observe Dr Mahathir at home over the next few days, he told reporters.

Other members of the surgical team were chief of cardiothoracic surgery of the US Mayo Clinic, Prof Hartzell Schaff, Datuk Dr Rozali Wathooth, Datuk Dr Azhari Yakub, Datuk Dr Venugopal Balchand and Dr Mohamed Ezani Mohd Taib.

The anaesthetics team led by Datuk Dr Mohamed Hassan Mohamed Ariff included Dr Sharifah Suraya Syed Tahir, Datuk Dr Syed Abdul Aziz Syed Zain and Dr Nor Azlina Abdul Jalil.


Also please stay tune for something from Dato’ Marina Mahathir, on behalf of the Mahathirs.

*Photos are courtesy of photo-journo-blogger, Minaq Jinggo

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