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'Anna recovering fast'

Anna Hazare was given soft diet on Tuesday after three days of being hospitalised following his 12-day fast over the Jan Lokpal Bill.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2011 23:49 IST
Divya Sethi

Anna Hazare was given soft diet on Tuesday after three days of being hospitalised following his 12-day fast over the Jan Lokpal Bill.

The anti-graft crusader, who has been admitted at Gurgaon's Medanta hospital since Sunday, had a plate of poha (pressed rice), doctors said.

"For 12 days he was without food. Therefore, we need to gradually put him on a normal diet. We started with soup and juices, then soft fruits, but today he expressed the desire to have poha," said Dr Yatin Mehta, one of the doctors monitoring Anna's health.

"The good thing is he digested it quite well. Anna has not lost weight any further during the past 24 hours. Another sign of improvement was Anna took a brief walk around within the ward. On Monday, he spent most of the time sleeping as he felt very weak. It's a good sign," said Dr Mehta.

Anna, however, has been avoiding newspapers.

"He has made it very clear that he wants to lead a simple life for a few days. He wants to take a break," Dr Mehta added.

It will take five more days before Anna is discharged from the hospital.

"Complete recovery may take more than two weeks as he has lost a lot of fats and muscles. But he can be discharged after five days as he is improving well," said Dr Balram Gupta.