Koch Had Been Released From Hospital Saturday After A Week's Stay

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Just two days after he was released, former Mayor Ed Koch was back in the hospital Monday.

Koch, 88, was readmitted to New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in Washington Heights, according to spokesman George Arzt.

Arzt said the Koch’s doctor wanted him to get more treatment for fluid in his lungs that has been causing shortness of breath.

Koch had been released from the hospital on Saturday after a week’s stay. He had gone in Jan. 19 because of fluid in his ankles and lungs.

Doctors have told the former mayor to limit his salt intake. He lost 16 pounds of water during his previous hospital stay.

On Saturday, Koch said he was ready to get back to work.

“I’m going to do everything that [Dr.] Joe [Tenenbaum] has told me to do, and I expect that I’ll be in the office the beginning of the week,” Koch said Saturday.

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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