Egyptian television on Tuesday aired footage of President Hosni Mubarak for the first time since his March 6 operation in Germany, as his doctor described him as "upbeat and in very good spirits." In footage apparently recorded Tuesday morning, Mubarak in a dressing gown sat in a chair talking to doctors.
The president had made no appearances in public or on television since the operation and no pictures of him in hospital had been published, causing stock market declines on Sunday and Monday over speculation about his health.
During his routine medical check-up Mubarak "was upbeat and in very good spirits as usual," his doctor, Markus Buchler of University of Heidelberg told reporters in Germany. "His resolve and willpower that we witnessed all last week was very obvious this morning as he looks forward to returning to normal activity," he said, according to AFP.
"I'm happy to say that his medical and general condition is improving in a satisfactory manner. "His physical activity and appetite have improved significantly over the last few days. Accordingly and as of today, no further daily follow-up laboratory investigations are required," Buchler said.