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Mother Teresa’s Fever Persists; Still on Respirator

August 23, 1996

CALCUTTA, India (AP) _ Mother Teresa was suffering from a low-grade fever today and breathing with the help of a respirator, a day after her heart stopped beating for nearly a minute.

Doctors were able to revive the Nobel Peace laureate using electric shocks, her physician, Asim Bardhan, told The Associated Press today. A medical bulletin Thursday said the cardiac problem caused by a malarial parasite had been corrected.

Mother Teresa will remain in Woodlands Nursing Home for a few days to treat the parasite, Bardhan said.

The frail Roman Catholic nun, who won a Nobel in 1979 for her work with the poor, was admitted to the Calcutta hospital Tuesday night after developing a fever. She later was put on a respirator.

Mother Teresa, who turns 86 on Tuesday, has maintained a grueling pace at her missions and orphanages in India and around the world.

She suffered a heart attack in 1983 during a meeting Pope John Paul II in Rome. In 1989, she suffered a second, stronger, heart attack, and was outfitted with a pacemaker.

The Woodlands Nursing Home has a team of Calcutta’s top doctors treating her.

Only one person, a sister from her order, was allowed to visit the ailing nun, and only briefly.

``With God’s grace, Mother is recovering and we all in the Missionaries of Charity are praying for her fast recovery,″ Sister Shanti said.

Nearly a dozen other nuns who had reached the hospital despite a monsoon that flooded Calcutta’s streets waited in the hall.

As news of Mother Teresa’s illness spread, hundreds of concerned callers jammed the hospital switchboard.

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