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Former Mayor Koch readmitted to hospital

NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Former New York Mayor Edward Koch was readmitted to a hospital with a buildup of fluid in his lungs, two days after he had been discharged, his spokesman said.

Koch, 88, was admitted to New York Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital Monday. He had been discharged Saturday after a weeklong stay to treat a lung ailment, his spokesman, George Arzt, said.

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During that stay, doctors removed 16 pounds of water from his lungs and ordered him to abstain from salt, Arzt said.

"He didn't go to work today (Monday), which is well out of the norm," Arzt said. "He was obviously, in his conversation with me, struggling to talk."

Koch was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969 to 1977, a three-term mayor of New York from 1978 to 1999 and served as the judge on the television program "The People's Court" from 1997 to 1999.

His hospital stay will likely force him to miss the New York premiere of the documentary film "Koch," about his life and career, at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday evening, The New York Times said.

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