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Shamir Has Surgery on Intestine

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir was operated on Thursday for the removal of a growth in his large intestine.

Doctors at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv said Thursday night that the 77-year-old Shamir’s condition was “good” and that he was recovering comfortably from the surgery.

Shamir was admitted to hospital early in the week suffering from fatigue.

“I don’t know why I’m in here; I feel fine now,” he told a reporter who managed to slip into his room Tuesday.

But a battery of tests showed bleeding in his large intestine, and on Thursday morning, he underwent a 90-minute operation. Doctors said they had removed part of the large intestine.

Medical sources said that even if the growth proves malignant, the former premier has a very good chance of making a full recovery, since cancer of the large intestine is one of the most curable forms of the disease.

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