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Datuk Zulkifli Zain
Datuk Zulkifli Zain

KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran actor Datuk Zulkifli Zain, 76, has been showing signs of progress since he left hospital a week ago.

The Tiada Esok Bagimu, Permintaan Terakhir and Sayang Anakku Sayang star was admitted to the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Hospital in Sungai Buloh on March 7 after suffering from kidney problems. Doctors also found that he had a brain haemorrhage.

Zulkifli's daughter Norzaza Zulkifli said in a news report yesterday that doctors allowed him to leave hospital on March 19.

“Alhamdulillah, Papa is getting better. On the first day back home, he had more energy than before and he now can call out our names as usual.

“This is a stark contrast to the day when he got admitted. He literally lost his voice then,” said Norzaza.

“However, he still hasn't regained his appetite. He eats very little food.”

Norzaza also said that her father was gradually regaining his memory.

“We're glad that he can remember things once again. However he can't remember what went on in hospital. Perhaps it was due to the haemorrhage.

“But what is important is that he is out of danger. He can once again get up from his wheelchair when he is close to the bed,” she said, adding that her father will undergo another medical check-up next month.

Zulkifli is paralysed on his left side, following a stroke in January 2016.

He is married to veteran actress Datin Normala Omar, and they have five children including actress and lecturer Dr Norzizi Zulkifli.

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