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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mother Teresa's Fever, Heart Troubles Worsen

CALCUTTA -- Mother Teresa's condition worsened Friday as a team of doctors reversed a decision to remove her respirator a day after her heart stopped beating for nearly a minute.

"Her condition has deteriorated since Friday morning,'' said Dr. S.K. Sen, director of Woodlands Nursing Home. Physicians had hoped to remove the respirator Friday morning, but decided to continue the treatment.

The fragile Catholic nun is suffering from a 37.7 degree Celsius fever. A medical bulletin Thursday said the cardiac problem caused by a malarial parasite had been corrected.

Doctors revived the Nobel Peace laureate using electric shocks and her condition was stable. A physician said the 85-year-old nun was being watched closely given her history of malaria and heart ailments.

Mother Teresa, who turns 86 on Tuesday, has maintained a grueling pace at her missions and orphanages in India and around the world.

She suffered a heart attack in 1983 during a meeting Pope John Paul II in Rome. In 1989, she suffered a second, stronger, heart attack, and was outfitted with a pacemaker.

The Woodlands Nursing Home has a team of Calcutta's top doctors treating her. Mother Teresa was alert Friday and had received some visitors, the hospital said.

"Mother Teresa is conscious and still has a temperature,'' a statement from the Woodlands Nursing Home said. "Cardiac status is unstable and is closely monitored by a team of doctors.''

"With God's grace, Mother is recovering and we all in the Missionaries of Charity are praying for her fast recovery,'' said Sister Shanti who visited the ailing Catholic nun Thursday.

As news of Mother Teresa's illness spread, hundreds of worried callers jammed the hospital switchboard.