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Doctos Say DiMaggio Improving

November 13, 1998

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) _ Joe DiMaggio is getting better in his battle with pneumonia and a lung infection, one of his doctors said today.

``Joe DiMaggio has shown significant improvement over the past week,″ Dr. Earl Barron said in a statement. ``He requires less sedation. He has no fever, good blood pressure and heart function and appears on his way to recovery.″

Barron, a cardiologist, is described as ``the quarterback″ of the medical team treating the New York Yankees Hall of Famer.

Today was DiMaggio’s 33rd day at Memorial Regional Hospital where was admitted Oct. 12 as he anticipated flying to New York to throw out the first ball at the World Series at Yankee Stadium.

At one point, fears for his life were expressed by his friend and lawyer, Morris Engelberg.

DiMaggio improved to the point where he got of bed and was able walk around his room. But that triggered another setback requiring use of a oxygen device and sedatives to help him breath.

Last weekend he began to improve again.

Engelberg said DiMaggio will be able to celebrate his 84th birthday Nov. 25 and Thanksgiving with his family.

``It’s going to be a very special day for Joe and all of us,″ Engelberg said.

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