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Harrison Out of the Hospital?
Harrison's health remains a question mark, but media outlets are now
reporting that the Quiet Beatle has quietly checked out of a New York
hospital after undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.
Harrison's camp remained mum Friday regarding reports of a "last-chance"
treatment, the New York Post reported that the 58-year-old
music legend left Staten Island University Hospital on Sunday. He was
expected to remain in New York for several weeks while completing
outpatient treatment under the care of cancer specialist Dr. Gil
Lederman, the Post reported.
Lederman, director of
radiation oncology for the hospital, refused to comment Friday on
reports that he treated Harrison with a procedure called sterotactic
But he did tell E! Online that the procedure
does not require invasive surgery and is "very successful." Lederman
adds that his department has been using the procedure for the past five
years and now treats up to 100 patients a day from around the globe.
"It's a precise way of giving radiation treatment to specific
areas," Lederman said. "It's non-invasive...and in the area we treat,
it's successfully done about 90 percent of the time."
Harrison's exact condition remains shrouded in mystery. The musician's
publicist said Wednesday she was no longer representing him, and there
was no one to answer questions or clear up reports regarding Harrison's
London's Daily Telegraph first reported the
hospitalization Wednesday, describing Harrison as "frail and gaunt," and
saying "the word around the hospital is that the procedure he is having
is the last chance of saving his life."
checked into the hospital under the name George Arias, the maiden name
of his wife Olivia. According to the Telegraph, Harrison first
sought treatment in Switzerland and then moved to the New York hospital
last week, where he was to undergo treatment from Lederman.
Harrison's wife and 23-year-old son Dhani were reportedly keeping vigil
by his bedside, and former Beatles drummer
Starr also paid a visit to him, the Post reported.
It was only in July that Harrison was dispelling initial
about a losing battle with cancer, after London's Mail on Sunday
published a supposedly exclusive interview with former Beatles producer
George Martin saying Harrison "knows he is going to die soon and he's
accepting it perfectly happily."
however, that the quote was fabricated. Harrison, who had been working
on a new album, released a statement insisting he was "active and
feeling very well." Furthermore, the guitarist-songwriter and his wife
said they were "disappointed and disgusted" by the rumors.
What is known is that Harrison's health has suffered in recent
years. Earlier this year he was treated at a Swiss clinic, reportedly
for a brain tumor. Prior to that, he checked into the Mayo Clinic to
have a cancerous lung operated on. And in 1998, he underwent radiation
therapy for throat cancer, which he attributed to years of smoking.
His closest brush with death came in 1999, when a
deranged fan broke into Harrison's suburban London estate and stabbed
him with a knife in the chest, puncturing his lung and nearly killing
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