Motol Hospital spokeswoman: Havel’s health improves significantly

Former Czech president Václav Havel, in hospital for almost a fortnight, is in markedly better shape than just two days ago, a spokeswoman for Prague's Motol Hospital revealed on Friday. She made clear that if Mr Havel’s condition continues to improve, he could be discharged from the hospital late next week. Mr Havel, who is 72, was first admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties in mid-January. He underwent minor surgery to remove an abscess from his throat but there were complications following the operation due to congestion in his right lung.

Author: Jan Velinger