Muhammad Ali discharged from hospital after urinary infection

Updated - November 17, 2021 01:39 am IST

Published - January 17, 2015 07:40 am IST - LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, U.S.

Muhammad Ali’s latest hospital stay for a severe urinary tract infection ended on Friday, a day before the boxing great celebrates his 73rd birthday.

Mr. Ali was discharged from an undisclosed hospital where he received continued treatment for the same condition that initially put him in the hospital late last month, Ali family spokesman Bob Gunnell said.

The former heavyweight champion returned to one of his homes on Friday, the spokesman said.

“He’s home and resting and glad to be out of the hospital,” Mr. Gunnell said.

Mr. Ali and his wife, Lonnie, have homes in Paradise Valley, Arizona; Berrien Springs, Michigan; and in Louisville.

Mr. Ali turns 73 on Saturday and plans to celebrate with family and friends, Mr. Gunnell said. The Louisville native plans to watch television and cheer on the Louisville men’s basketball team when the Cardinals play host to Duke on Saturday, he said.

Mr. Ali’s family said it appreciates an outpouring of support and well wishes.

Mr. Ali was hospitalised late last month with what initially was believed to be a mild case of pneumonia. Doctors later determined he was suffering from a urinary tract infection, not pneumonia. That hospital stay lasted more than two weeks.

Mr. Ali retired from boxing in 1981 and has focused on social causes since then, travelling the world on humanitarian missions.

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