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Garcia Marquez leaves hospital, in 'delicate' state

Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez returned to his Mexico City home on Tuesday after a week-long hospitalization for pneumonia, but officials said he remains in "delicate" condition.

books Updated: Apr 09, 2014 16:07 IST

Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez returned to his Mexico City home on Tuesday after a week-long hospitalization for pneumonia, but officials said he remains in "delicate" condition.

The 87-year-old Colombian writer, who has lived in the Mexican capital for more than three decades, arrived in an ambulance as a throng of journalists waited outside his home, which was guarded by police.

Garcia Marquez overcame a lung infection after "quite severe pneumonic symptoms," Health Minister Mercedes Juan told Radio Formula.

The treatment had to be "very special due to the writer's age," she said, adding that he will receive oxygen therapy at home to prevent a new infection.

An oxygen tank was delivered to his home along with a medical bed and yellow roses, his favorite color.

When the ambulance arrived, his assistants held up bed sheets to prevent journalists from filming or taking pictures of Garcia Marquez.

"His condition is delicate due to his age. He will recover at home," Jaqueline Pineda, spokeswoman of the National Medical Sciences and Nutrition Institute, told reporters outside the hospital.

Garcia Marquez was hospitalized on March 31 and treated with antibiotics for lung and urinary tract infections.

His hospitalization was only made public four days later. At the time, his son, Gonzalo Garcia Barcha, said the family decided to take him to the hospital as a precaution and that it was not an emergency.

Over the weekend, his son had said that Garcia Marquez was doing well and wanted to go home.

The 1982 Nobel laureate is a pioneer of magical realism, writing epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America.

His masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude has sold millions of copies and has been translated into 35 languages since it was first published in 1967.

His other works include Love in the Time of Cholera and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. His last published novel is Memories of My Melancholy Whores (2004).