Mother Teresa's heart rate steadies
August 25, 1996
Web posted at: 3:00 p.m. EDT (0245 GMT)
CALCUTTA, India (CNN) -- Mother Teresa remained on a
respirator Sunday, but doctors treating the 85-year-old nun
said her heart rate was steadier. She was still listed in
serious and unstable condition.
The team of six doctors keeping a round-the-clock
vigil said they feared Mother Teresa's age and frailty could
cause complications if she is kept on the respirator for too
"Sunday will be crucial for her. She must respond to
treatment," said a doctor at the city's Woodlands Nursing
Home, where the philanthropic missionary was in intensive
Mother Teresa has suffered three heart failures in as many
days. She was hospitalized Tuesday suffering from malaria.
Catholic churches planned to say special prayers for the
Nobel laureate during their regular Sunday services. Members
of the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order that the
nun founded to care for Calcutta's destitute, also were
praying for her.
"Mother has a strong survival power. We are all praying to
God for her," said Sister Doleres, who is in charge of Nirmal
Hriday (Immaculate Heart), a home that Mother Teresa set up
44 years ago.
Crowds gathered outside the gates of the Missionaries of
Charity in Calcutta, the focus of her worldwide efforts to
help the poor.
"We hope that she survives. It is difficult to say. It
depends on God," Bishop Henry D'Souza of Calcutta said.
Letters of sympathy poured in from around the world,
including messages from Pope John Paul II and Britain's
CNN's Anita Pratap and Reuters
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