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Colombian literary icon and Nobel laureate, Gabriel García Márquez, hospitalized

By Gina DiFalco,

Colombian author and Nobel laureate, Gabriel García Márquez, has been admitted to a hospital in Mexico City to treat lung and urinary tract infections – he also suffers from dehydration.

Mexico's Secretary of Health has confirmed that the 87-year-old literary icon is being treated for these infections with antibiotics.

“The patient has responded to treatment. Once he's completed his course of antibiotics his discharge from the hospital will be evaluated,” a statement reads, Daily Mail reports.

Marquez, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982, is expected to be released sometime next week, according to his son Gonzalo.

“He went to a normal room. He was never in the emergency room,” he explained.

Marquez’s works, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude, have outsold any work written in Spanish other than the Bible. He’s only made a couple of public appearances in the past few years and in 2012, his brother Jaime García Márquez revealed he’s stopped writing due to dementia.

The Telegraph reports he said at the time, “He has problems with his memory. Sometimes I cry because I feel like I'm losing him. He is doing well physically, but he has been suffering from dementia for a long time... He still has the humour, joy and enthusiasm that he has always had."

 
 

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