Finance minister out of coma

Finance Minister Hans-Rudolf Merz has been brought out of his induced coma, and his condition is "very satisfactory", doctors said on Wednesday.

This content was published on September 24, 2008 - 15:23

Merz suffered a heart attack on Saturday evening and underwent a quintuple bypass. He was taken off a ventilator during the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, and was responsive.

His doctors added that his heart was working well, and he was expected to come out of intensive care in the next few days.

However, they were unable to say how much longer he was likely to remain in hospital.

During his absence from the finance ministry, his role is being taken by his deputy, Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf.

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