Former Mayor Koch Released From Hospital

Koch was in good spirits at a press conference Friday

By Tracie Strahan
|  Sunday, Sep 9, 2012  |  Updated 4:58 PM EDT
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Former Mayor Koch Released From Hospital

Tracie Strahan

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Former Mayor Ed Koch was released from the hospital Friday after being treated for anemia.

Koch was in good spirits at a press conference Friday at New York Presbyterian Hospital, anxious to get back to work and even referencing his trademark catchphrase.

"How am I doing is the question, right?" he asked.

Koch was admitted to the hospital Tuesday after experiencing symptoms of anemia, a result of blood loss from recent dental work.

He was slated to be a super delegate at the Democratic National Convention and began feeling sick while in North Carolina. He took the first flight back to New York and came straight to the hospital Tuesday.

Koch's longtime doctor, Joseph Tenenbaum, said he was treated with a series of transfusions and his medications have been adjusted.

While recovering, the 87-year-old fielded calls from politicians at the convention, but was more concerned about party politics than their well wishes.
 
Spokesman George Arzt says that when one asked Koch how he was feeling, he replied, "Forget about that. Tell me about the platform."
 
Koch served three terms as mayor from 1978 to 1989 and is credited with rescuing the city from bankruptcy.
 
He know works as a movie reviewer and TV host, and told reporters his next stop would be the office.
 
"I wanna see the mail!," he said.
 
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