ROCHESTER, Minnesota – H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama arrived at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for both a health check-up and prostate treatment.
A spokesman for the clinic said that the prostate treatment the 80 year-old is receiving is normal for a man of his age, and that he is expected to make a full recovery.
“His physicians report no major concerns, and anticipate he will respond well to treatment and make a full recovery,” a statement from the clinic said. “Mayo Clinic has a long-standing relationship with His Holiness and remains honored to provide continued care.”
At the Dharamsala, India airport on Tuesday before the Dalai Lama left for his flight to the United States, he joked with reporters that he has some swelling in his eye, but no medical complaints.
“If they find any problems, they can carry out treatment,” the Dalai Lama said.
The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama released a statement on Tuesday that read:
“His Holiness the Dalai Lama is departing Dharamsala today for the United States where he is scheduled to undergo prostate treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota followed by a period of rest from the end of January 2016 for approximately one month.
His regular engagement schedule will resume in March”
In September, after a medical checkup, doctors advised the Dalai Lama to cancel his October U.S. engagements and receive rest for several weeks.
2008, the Tibetan spiritual leader had undergone Gall balder surgery in New Dehli, India.
The Dalai Lama was forced to flee his homeland of Tibet in 1959 after the Chinese invaded and occupied the Tibetan nation.
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