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Manila Cardinal recovering from stroke

Doctors attending to Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin said that he will be released from the hospital today or tomorrow, according to an auxililary bishop in his diocese, Bishop Socrates Villegas said yesterday.

Sin was rushed to hospital after suffering convulsions following Mass on Sunday.

"The doctors are very happy with his condition now," Villegas said in a statement.

The doctors later said that the Cardinal had an undetected mild stroke 48 hours to 72 hours earlier and that the seizure could have been a result. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) conducted on Sin showed that the stroke could have happened as long as a week ago.

Sin played a crucial role in a popular revolt that deposed the country's dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, in 1986. He was also one of the most outspoken critics of Joseph Estrada, who was forced to quit the presidency in 2001 over corruption allegations.

Manila Times

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32 Apr 2003