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Thich Nhat Hahn's condition shows progress

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 17, 2014

Thénac, France -- Plum Village has issued an announcement stating that the Ven. Thich Nhat Hahn "is showing good progress in terms of remaining stable and not having major changes in his condition during this critical part of his recovery".

It also said that on November 15,Th?y "opened his eyes for the first time since his cerebral hemorrhage, to look at his attendants for a brief moment."

Nevertheless, the statement also cautioned that his "condition is still in a critical stage and conditions can change at any moment."

The following is the statement in full.

Plum Village, 15 November, 2014

To all Plum Village Practice Centers,
To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide,
To our Dear Beloved Friends,

Th?y is now in a hospital with a highly reputable neurologist monitoring his progress. He is in the right place with the best possible care and attention. New tests have been done.

Doctors report that Th?y is showing good progress in terms of remaining stable and not having major changes in his condition during this critical part of his recovery. The area of hemorrhage has not grown and his vital signs are normal.

In the early morning, Saturday, November 15, Th?y opened his eyes for the first time since his cerebral hemorrhage, to look at his attendants for a brief moment. He was very conscious and attentive to what was happening around him, lifting his left hand to touch the attendant next to him.

Since then, he has also opened his eyes several times and his gestures of communication are clearer, nodding or shaking his head to respond. Th?y has been able to rest and sleep peacefully for several hours each day. The doctors are cautiously optimistic and remind us that Th?y’s condition is still in a critical stage and conditions can change at any moment.



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