Then, last Friday he was operated on, and it was a success.
Or so we all thought.
Turns out the 73 year-old Tibetan spiritual leader is still recovering from surgery to remove gallstones and will not leave the hospital until later in the week.
The Dalai Lama's spokesman, Tenzin Taklha, had originally said he would be released on Tuesday.
However, a doctor today said that he wouldn't be released until Wednesday or Thursday.
The doc added, "We want to be absolutely certain about his health."
After his release from the hospital, the Dalai Lama will have to stay in India's capital for a week for post-surgery examination.
The Dalai Lama will continue to campaign for improved human rights, though, and will resume his travels - to Japan - shortly.
Let's hope he gets a speedy recovery!
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