UPDATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2002, 5:00PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME
DOCTORS SAY MOTHER ANGELICA SHOWS REMARKABLE
IMPROVEMENT AND WILL BE MOVED OUT OF INTENSIVE CARE TOMORROW
Irondale, AL (EWTN) - Three weeks after suffering a brain hemorrhage and
second stroke in three months, doctors treating Mother Angelica in a
Birmingham, Alabama hospital are beginning to assess the long-term damage
caused by the stroke. Shortly after the onset of the hemorrhage, Mother
Angelica underwent a two-hour operation on Christmas Eve to remove a blood
clot from her brain. Her doctors said Mother continues to show remarkable
"Last week, her condition was upgraded from Serious to Fair,"
the doctors said. "Still, it looks like Mother will probably be here
for awhile longer while we determine the best course to take for her
Doctors said the stroke left Mother partially paralyzed on the right side
of her body. The stroke also affected her speech and she is undergoing
speech therapy to improve this condition.
An interesting side note from her second stroke is that Mother Angelica
no longer wears an eye patch over her left eye and no longer has the partial
face paralysis that she had after her first stroke in September.
Since her general condition continues to improve, her doctors said Mother
Angelica would be moved from Intensive Care to a private room on Wednesday.
But a hospital spokesperson cautioned, "Mother is a very public person,
and even though she is moving out of Intensive Care, we want to make sure
she gets plenty of rest."