Recuperation Requires Ice Cream for Koch

By JOHN P. WISE
|  Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009  |  Updated 6:14 AM PDT
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Recuperation Requires Ice Cream for Koch

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Former Mayor Ed Koch is recuperating nicely at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

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Former Mayor Ed Koch can now get a favorable reply to his famous "How'm I doing?" inquiry.

A spokesman for the former three-term mayor said Koch is recuperating nicely at New York Presbyterian Hospital after Friday's open-heart surgery.

Koch, 84, even sat up for the first time and asked for ice cream.

His spokesman said Koch's famous sense of humor is making a quick comeback despite the difficult quadruple bypass and valve replacement.

Koch's surgeon was Dr. Craig Smith, who performed a bypass on former President Bill Clinton in 2004.

After the five-hour procedure, Koch, who had a heart attack in 1999, was expected to need a week to recover, then three weeks of rehab.

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