Navratilova Discharged From Hospital

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December 13, 2010 | 7:45am EST

Retired tennis ace Martina Navratilova is heading home after she was hospitalised four days into climbing Mount Kilimanjaro last week.
The nine-time Wimbledon champion embarked on the African peak challenge as part of a 27-strong team last Monday to raise funds for the Laureus World Sports Academy, which uses sport to aid positive social change.

The breast cancer survivor was taken ill on Thursday and admitted to Nairobi Hospital in Kenya, suffering from high altitude pulmonary oedema – fluid in the lungs.

The 54 year old has been receiving treatment over the weekend, and she was released from the medical facility on Sunday, a day after her team reached the summit.

She says, “I am feeling much better and really pleased to be going home. I’d like to thank all the staff at Nairobi Hospital, who were wonderful, and really took care of me. The care I received during my three days in hospital was excellent.

“I have also been very touched by all the messages of support I have received over the past few days, and want to thank Laureus Academy Chairman Edwin Moses in particular, for making a very early morning call from Atlanta today to wish me well. It was great to chat to him, although I did joke that perhaps I have gone above and beyond the call of duty for Laureus on this occasion!”

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