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Imran Khan discharged from hospital

Updated May 22, 2013 01:42pm
This handout photograph released by the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital shows Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf, leaving the hospital in Lahore on May 22, 2013.
This handout photograph released by the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital shows Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf, leaving the hospital in Lahore on May 22, 2013.

ISLAMABAD : Pakistani Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan left hospital Wednesday, two weeks after breaking bones in his back in a fall at an election rally, a hospital spokesman said.

The 60-year-old was ordered to remain immobile in bed after he fractured vertebrae and a rib in a dramatic tumble just days before the May 11 general election, where his party made a major breakthrough.

Khwaja Nazir, a spokesman for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital in the eastern city of Lahore, where Khan was being treated, told AFP that the Pakistani politician had returned to his home in the city.

“He would stay in his Lahore home for three days and then would be shifted to his home in Islamabad,” Nazir said.“Doctors have advised him rest, for two more weeks.”

On Tuesay, he was fitted with a specially designed spinal brace, which enabled him to stand upright for the first time since his fall, and doctors said that Khan was able to walk unaided for over 300 meters without any discomfort or pain.

Khan, who leads the PTI, electrified much of the campaign with his calls for reform and galvanised many young people to take part in voting for the first time.