Nobel writer García Márquez hospitalized in Mexico


The Colombian writer is being treated for a lung infection.

Colombia’s Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez was being treated at a Mexico City hospital for a lung infection Thursday, April 4, his son and officials said.

The health ministry said the 87-year-old author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” has been in a hospital since Monday due to dehydration as well as lung and urinary tract infections.

The novelist “has responded to treatment and once he finishes taking antibiotics, his discharge will be examined,” the ministry said in a statement.

His son, Gonzalo Garcia Barcha, said his father was doing “very well and progressing very well” and could be discharged from the capital’s National Medical Science and Nutrition Institute early next week.

“He had a small infection a few days ago and we preferred to take him to the hospital because he is older,” Garcia Barcha told reporters.

“It was never an emergency,” he said, adding that his father was conscious.

Garcia Barcha denied reports that his father, who made Mexico City his home more than three decades ago, had pneumonia.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he was informed about the hospitalization, writing on Twitter: “I wish him a speedy recovery.”

Garcia Marquez made his last public appearance on March 6, when he came out of his house to greet journalists who visited him for his birthday.

The author smiled, accepted gifts and posed for photographs, but he did not speak to reporters.

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