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Ella Fitzgerald Leaves Hospital Two Weeks after Open-Heart Surgery

September 18, 1986

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Singer Ella Fitzgerald left the hospital Wednesday, two weeks after undergoing open-heart surgery, a spokesman said.

″Her spirits were very, very good,″ said Ron Wise, spokesman for Cedars- Sinai Medical Center. ″She responded very well to the surgery and her prognosis is excellent.″

The 68-year-old jazz singer received flowers and a telegram from the President and Nancy Reagan wishing her well, said Wise.

Miss Fitzgerald was hospitalized for tests Aug. 19 and underwent bypass surgery Sept. 3.

Miss Fitzgerald, who was listed in fair condition upon her release, had improved steadily since the surgery and was able to walk for the past several days, Wise said, adding that she would be recovering at home for several weeks.

The entertainer became ill in her hotel room following a July 26 performance in Lewiston, N.Y. She was discharged from a Niagara Falls, N.Y. hospital three days later.

Miss Fitzgerald, was diagnosed as having congestive heart failure, a weakening of the heart, but she had not suffered a heart attack.

Known for her improvisational ″scat″ singing, Miss Fitzgerald has recorded more than 250 albums, and her biggest hit, ’A-Tisket, A-Tasket,″ which she co-wrote, has been enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

In 1971, she had surgery in Boston for a detached retina. More serious eye problems followed, and she has since appeared on stage wearing glasses.

During a concert in August 1985, she suffered fluid buildup in her lungs and was hospitalized briefly in Washington, D.C.

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