Mother Teresa Showing New Determination to Fight Illness

From a Times Staff Writer

Although she remains seriously ill, Mother Teresa is displaying a new determination to fight the pneumonia that forced her to be hospitalized a week ago and which will keep her here at least another week, physicians said Thursday.

"She's still not out of danger," said Dr. Paul Teirstein at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. "The encouraging thing is, she's not getting worse."

Mother Teresa, 81, was admitted to the clinic Dec. 26 because of concern over an upper respiratory infection that persisted for several days as a cold. On Saturday, her condition was diagnosed as congestive heart failure triggered by pneumonia, and on Sunday she underwent a procedure to clear blocked arteries.

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