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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Weak Papandreou Finally Discharged

ATHENS -- Former Greek prime minister and socialist party founder Andreas Papandreou defied all odds Thursday, leaving the hospital after a four-month stay during which he hovered near death and was forced to resign from office.

Feeble but smiling, he walked down a hospital corridor with his wife Dimitra Liani and with great difficulty told reporters: "With love, I'm leaving from this." He was unable to say anything more. Liani smiled broadly and said he was unable to say more because he was so emotional at being able to leave after his 123-day ordeal.

Papandreou, 77, was rushed to the hospital with pneumonia Nov. 20 and was near death a number of times. His lungs and kidneys failed, and in January he handed over power to Prime Minister Costas Simitis. Television had live coverage of the departure from the hospital of Greece's first socialist premier, who won three elections during his stormy career.

Doctors said that a respirator, and dialysis machine for his kidneys, had been installed at his home.