The deposed Shah of Iran is recuperating in the United States after undergoing major surgery.?
GV EXTERIOR New York Hospital
SV Empress Farah arriving and entering hospital accompanied by bodyguards
SV Police keeping watch over ??? gathered opposite hospital (1 SHOTS)
SV INTERIOR Shah's spokesman Robert Armao seated at desk at start of news conference
CU Shah's spokesman addressing news conference in English
ARMAO: "His Imperial Majesty, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, was admitted to New York Hospital on Monday evening, October 22nd, with the diagnosis of lymphoma, for which he has been treated for approximately six years by a team of renowned French physicians. In the best interests of his country His majesty the Shah did not wish this information to be disclosed."
In Iran, an Islamic leader, Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkali, has called on Moslems in the United States to drag the Shah from his hospital bed and dismember him. Earlier this year, Ayatollah Khalkali -- a revolutionary court judge -- ordered a death squad to kill the Shah. The ex-monarch has been living in a secluded villa near Mexico City since June. Earlier, he had visited Egypt, Morocco and the Bahamas in search of a safe have.
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Background: The deposed Shah of Iran is recuperating in the United States after undergoing major surgery. Surgeons at New York Hospital Operated on the ousted monarch on Wednesday (24 October) to unblock a bile duct, remove his gall bladder and discover the extent of the cancer from which he is suffering.
SYNOPSIS: The Shah is recovering on the seventeenth floor of New York Hospital -- where his suite costs one thousand five hundred dollars (U.S.) a day. Shortly before his operation early on Wednesday morning, the Shah's wife -- the Empress Farah -- arrived to be at her husband's side.
More than a hundred demonstrators gathered outside the hospital during the day, many of them shouting "Death to the Shah" And Iran's unofficial head of state, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, said on Thursday (25 October) that he was ??? the Shah had cancer.
The Shah ??? under a heavy police guard. ??? is his wife, who is staying at a nearby town house owned by the Shah's sister. The form of cancer from which he is suffering is called lymphoma -- a tumour of the lymph glands which are found throughout the body.
Following the operation, the Shah's spokesman, Robert Armao, made a brief statement.