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Mother Teresa Released From Hospital

October 14, 1989

CALCUTTA, India (AP) _ Mother Teresa left a hospital Saturday five weeks after suffering a heart attack and headed straight for the headquarters of her Missionaries of Charity, despite doctors’ advice to slow down.

″The mother is still very weak. She’s going to need rest for quiet some time,″ said Dr. Ashim Bardhan of the Woodlands Nursing Home Hospital. He said she should give up her hectic schedule and adjust to a slower lifestyle.

The 79-year-old nun won the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to help the poor. She was hospitalized Sept. 5 with a high fever and acute vomiting and suffered a heart attack three days later.

Mother Teresa appeared to be recovering well but then developed recurring chest pains and a high fever that was aggravated by an infection. Doctors said her setback was caused by the strain of meeting dignitaries who demanded to see her.

Despite poor health in recent years, the Yugoslav-born nun has traveled widely to offer care and comfort to the poor and suffering.

Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in October 1959 in an abandoned hostel donated by the city of Calcutta. The order, which was formally recognized by the Vatican in 1965, now has 3,000 nuns working in 87 countries.

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