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Dalai Lama hospitalised with abdominal pains: doctor

October 10, 2008

AFP
October 9, 2008

NEW DELHI (AFP) -- The Dalai Lama has been hospitalised due to
abdominal pain and could undergo surgery on Friday, a senior doctor
told AFP, but his spokesman insisted that he was only undergoing
"routine tests."

The spiritual leader was admitted to a state-run New Delhi hospital
on Thursday following media reports that abdominal pains for which he
had spent four days in a Mumbai hospital in August had recurred.

A senior doctor at New Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, who did not
wish to be identified, told AFP that the Dalai Lama, a former Nobel
peace Prize winner, had been hospitalised.

"He was admitted when he complained of abdominal pain and now chances
are that the Dalai Lama will be operated upon, most probably tomorrow
(Friday)," the doctor said.

Hospital chief Nalini Kaul declined to comment on the Dalai Lama's
health or what treatment he would receive but the Press Trust of
India, quoting unnamed sources, also said the monk was likely to be
operated upon on Friday.

However, a spokesman for the Dalai Lama dismissed the report of
surgery and said that the spiritual leader was undergoing "routine tests."

The Buddhist monk had been scheduled to return to his home-in-exile
in northern India on Thursday, but spokesman Tenzin Takhla told AFP
that the 73-year-old would now remain in hospital at least until Saturday.

"There is nothing to worry about as His Holiness is undergoing
routine tests for which he had to be hospitalised," Takhla said,
rejecting the reports of surgery.
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