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Dalai Lama's discharge from hospital delayed: doctor

October 14, 2008

October 13, 2008

NEW DELHI (AFP) -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is
recovering steadily from surgery to remove gallstones but will not
leave hospital until later in the week, doctors said on Monday.

The 73-year-old had the keyhole procedure in New Delhi on Friday
after he was admitted to hospital with abdominal pain.

The Dalai Lama's spokesman Tenzin Taklha had said he would be
released on Tuesday, but on Monday a doctor at the Sir Ganga Ram
hospital told AFP it would be Wednesday or Thursday.

"We want to be absolutely certain about his health," the doctor said,
adding the Dalai Lama was "recovering steadily."

Taklha said the Tibetan spiritual leader was "absolutely fine" but
would remain in hospital for at least another two days.

The Dalai Lama set up base in Dharamshala after fleeing from his
Tibetan homeland in China in 1959 following a failed anti-Chinese uprising.

After his release from hospital, the 1989 Nobel peace prize winner
will remain in the Indian capital for a week for post-surgery
examination, doctors said.

He would however visit Japan as planned, and resume his Buddhist
teachings a week after returning to Dharamshala, Taklha added.

A similar episode in August forced the Nobel Laureate to cancel his
engagements and rush to a hospital in Mumbai.

After he was released from hospital on September 1 following tests to
determine the cause of the earlier bout of pain, his office cancelled
a planned October tour to Germany and Switzerland, citing health reasons.

In the weeks preceding his illness, the Dalai Lama had pursued a
hectic international itinerary as he campaigned for improved human
rights in Tibet while China hosted the Olympic Games in August.

Beijing has accused him of masterminding riots against Chinese rule
in the Tibetan capital Lhasa and neighbouring areas with Tibetan
populations in March in order to destabilise the country -- a claim he denies.
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