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Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch Expects To Leave Hospital Saturday

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (file / credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (file / credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch will get out of the hospital sooner than expected, a spokesman said.

Koch was originally expected to remain over the weekend at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center, but doctors changed their minds and decided to let him out Saturday instead, spokesman George Arzt said Friday.

Koch was admitted last Saturday night with fluid in his lungs and swollen ankles.

During a Saturday lunch with former staffers he felt sick and his ankles were swollen, CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported. By dinnertime, he looked so unwell a physician friend sent him straight to New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center.

Doctors have told the 88-year-old ex-mayor to limit his salt intake.

Koch was hospitalized at New York Presbyterian with a respiratory infection in December and was treated for anemia during a brief hospital stay in September.

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