JAKARTA(AP): Former President Soeharto was responding well to kidney dialysis Sunday and his vital signs improved, although he remained hospitalized in critical condition, doctors said.
Soeharto, 86, quickly showed signs of improvement after being put on a dialysis machine Saturday evening, said chief presidential physician Brig. Gen. Mardjo Subiandono.
He was admitted to Pertamina Hospital on Friday with swollen organs, a dangerously low heart rate and anemia.
Much of the excess fluid in his organs was drained, his blood pressure returned to normal levels and "he smiled again," Subiandono said. But he said Suharto was "still in critical condition because his blood pressure could drop at any time."
Soeharto also was receiving a blood transfusion and needs a second pacemaker, doctors said.