Havel slightly better but condition remains serious

The health of former Czech president Václav Havel has improved slightly, though his condition is still serious and he remains in intensive care. His doctor, Martin Holcát, said on Saturday that he was wary of expressing optimism regarding Mr Havel’s health, adding that he was making progress in small steps. The playwright, who is 72, was admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties last Sunday and underwent minor surgery to remove an abscess from his throat. There were complications following the operation due to congestion of the right lung. Much of Mr Havel’s right lung was removed when he was diagnosed with cancer in the mid-1990s.

Author: Ian Willoughby