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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 improvement.

"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 long-term rehabilitation."

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."


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