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Dalai Lama stable, to be discharged soon

October 13, 2008

Indo-Asian News Service
October 11, 2008

New Delhi -- Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who
underwent gall bladder surgery at a hospital in the national capital
on Friday, was in a stable condition on Saturday and is likely to be
discharged in a couple of days, sources said.

"He (the Dalai Lama) is recuperating well and can be discharged by
Tuesday," Tenzin Taklha, a senior aide to the exiled leader, told IANS.

The 73-year-old Nobel laureate was admitted to Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram
Hospital Thursday for removing gallstones after he complained of
abdominal pain.

"The spiritual guru underwent a laproscopic surgery to remove stones
in the gallbladder," Takhla said in Dharamsala.

The Dalai Lama has been going through repeated medical tests since
August and has cancelled some trips outside India. He was admitted to
the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai twice in August after he complained
of "abdominal discomfort."

US President George W. Bush had telephoned the spiritual guru to
inquire about his health last month.

In recent years, doctors have increased the medical examinations on
him to ensure that the Tibetan spiritual leader is in a good health.

He made his first public appearance after nearly one month during a
teaching ceremony at McLeodganj near Dharamsala Sep 25.

The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959.
His government-in-exile is not recognised by any country.
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