Yeltsin to leave hospital in days

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President Boris Yeltsin is likely be discharged from the hospital where he is recovering from his quintuple bypass surgery in about 10 days, the Kremlin doctor said yesterday.

Dr. Sergei Mironov told Russian television that the president would finish recuperating at his country residence in Barvikha, outside Moscow.

Mr Yeltsin, 65, is said to be making a good recovery. Doctors beleiev he could be back at work in the Kremlin by the end of the year.

The president's daughters, Tatyana Dyachenko and Yelena Okulov, told the independent station NTV last night that their father was doing well, but had little appetite and was still in some pain.

Dr Michael DeBakey, the American cardiologist who supervised his operation on 5 November, said yesterday that Mr Yeltsin was "out of the woods" and on his way to a complete recovery. AP - Moscow