Zardari discharged from hospital, says aide

Last Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 09:37

Dubai: President Asif Ali Zardari
was on Wednesday discharged from a Dubai hospital where he was being
treated for a heart condition and moved to his private
residence in the emirate to recuperate, presidential spokesman
Farhatullah Babar said.

"President Asif Ali Zardari has been discharged from
hospital and moved to his residence in Dubai," said a brief
statement issued by Babar late Wednesday night.

Babar had earlier said Zardari would be discharged from
hospital and shifted to his home on Thursday.

In Dubai, a senior Pakistan People`s Party leader said:
"Following latest round of checkups, all of whom turned out to
be normal, doctors agreed to discharge him on Thursday.

However, it was later decided that he can be discharged this
(Wednesday) evening."

President Zardari will rest in Dubai for some more time
and continue the heart medication," he added.

Geo News channel reported that a sizeable number of PPP
workers and a large police contingent were present at the
American Hospital where he was admitted on December 6.

There was no official word on when Zardari was expected
to return to Pakistan. Babar said earlier that Zardari will
have to continue to rest at home.

Babar quoted a health bulletin from American Hospital as
saying that the results of all investigations conducted on
Zardari were "within normal range".

The bulletin said the President had been advised to rest
at home and to continue his "regular heart medications".

Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Shah had said
on Wednesday that the President would return to Pakistan in time
for events to be held on December 27 to mark the death
anniversary of his late wife, former premier Benazir Bhutto.

Zardari`s abrupt departure for Dubai on December 6 to
seek treatment for what officials said was a previously
diagnosed cardiovascular condition sparked speculation that he
could be on the verge of resigning due to growing pressure on
him from the powerful military.

PPP leaders have denied reports that Zardari had suffered
a stroke and that he would step down.

A close presidential aide said on Thursday that the
President will need several weeks to be fit and resume his

The aide acknowledged that "immense pressure" on the
President could be the reason for his condition.

"Being a heart patient, the President was facing too much
pressure. And eventually the pressure took its toll," the aide

The latest health bulletin, dated December 13 and issued
by physician Khaldoun Taha, gave the most detailed account yet
of the health problems affecting Zardari at the time of his
admission to American Hospital last week.

"Mr Asif Ali Zardari has been admitted to the American
Hospital Dubai on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, with a chief
complaint of left arm numbness and twitching with a transient
episode of loss of consciousness that lasted for a few
seconds, which was witnessed," the bulletin said.

"Upon arrival to the hospital`s Emergency Room, he was
fully awake and conscious with stable vital signs," it said.

In view of Zardari’s history of heart disease, the
hospital conducted cardiac and neurologic investigations,
including "MRI of the brain, lumbar puncture, 2-D
echocardiogram, carotid Doppler and complete blood test".

"All investigations were within normal range and
(Zardari) was kept for observation for a few more days and is
planned to be discharged on December 15, 2011 to rest at home
as advised and to continue on his regular heart medications,"
the bulletin said.


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First Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 08:59

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