The Telegraph
Saturday , April 5 , 2014
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Marquez in hospital

April 4: The Colombian literary icon, Gabriel García Márquez, has been admitted to hospital in Mexico City suffering from lung and urinary infections, the son of the 87-year-old Nobel laureate said last night.

García Márquez entered the hospital on Monday and is responding well to treatment, said officials in Mexico, where the author has lived for the past three decades.

His son Gonzalo said there had been no medical emergency and he expected his father to leave the hospital early next week.

“He went to a normal room,” the son said. “He was never in the emergency room.”

“The patient has responded to treatment. Once he’s completed his course of antibiotics his discharge from the hospital will be evaluated,” Mexico’s health minister said in a statement.

García Márquez, who won the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature in recognition of works such as his 1967 masterpiece of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude, has made few public appearances in recent years.

His brother revealed in 2012 that the author is suffering from dementia and has now stopped writing altogether. Family members and friends say that he functions well in normal life, although he has good days and bad days.

“He has problems with his memory. Sometimes I cry because I feel like I’m losing him,” Jaime García Márquez said at a lecture in the Colombian coastal city of Cartagena.