Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, 104, has been hospitalized for a week with symptoms of dehydration, though his condition has stabilized and he is again receiving visits from family members, medical officials said.
According to the press office of the Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro's Botafogo neighborhood, Niemeyer is lucid, has conversed with relatives who have visited him and is breathing without the aid of artificial respiration.
The centenarian architect, creator of the famed modernist buildings of Brasilia and dozens of monumental works across five continents, is eating normally and receives saline solution intravenously to counteract his dehydration, doctors said.
His wife, Vera Lucia Guimarães, said this Friday that Niemeyer wants to return home "because he has to work" on several projects being handled by his studio, but doctors have said that he will remain hospitalized and under observation for at least the rest of this weekend.
Niemeyer, for causes associated with his advanced age, has already been admitted several times to the same hospital, the last time being in May when he spent two weeks under medical observation for pneumonia and dehydration. EFE