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Doctors Say Mother Teresa Recovering

January 6, 1992

LA JOLLA, Calif. (AP) _ Mother Teresa seems to be ″getting back to her old feisty self″ as she recovers from pneumonia, one of her doctors said Sunday.

The 81-year-old Roman Catholic nun, who has devoted her life to helping the world’s poor, remained in fair condition at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation.

″It’s hard to say how long she’ll be in the hospital, but I would guess about a week. We hopefully will get her out of the intensive care unit in a couple of days,″ Dr. Paul Teirstein told a news conference.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate talked about getting back to her Missionaries of Charity home in Tijuana, Mexico, where she fell ill Dec. 26. ″I look at that as a good sign that she’s getting back to her old feisty self now,″ Teirstein said.

The nun used one of her X-rays to watch Saturday’s ″ring of fire″ solar eclipse from the hospital, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

″She said, ’God is so wonderful,‴ Dr. Patricia Aubanel recalled.

″Today she also mentioned that (Monday) is the 63rd anniversary of when she became a nun, and she was very happy about this.″

The tiny nun known as the ″Saint of the Gutters″ gave up a comfortable life as a convent teacher in 1948 to care for the poor in Calcutta, India. In 1965, Pope Paul VI granted her Missionaries of Charity official church recognition, and it now has 3,000 nuns in 87 countries.

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