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Argentina President Fernandez Goes Home After Brain Surgery

By Joel Himelfarb   |   Monday, 14 Oct 2013 08:13 AM

Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has gone home following brain surgery, the BBC reported.
She left the hospital Sunday, five days after undergoing emergency surgery to remove a blood clot on her brain.
Fernandez “remains in high spirits” and “sends her love,” spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro told reporters shortly before the president left Favaloro Foundation hospital in Buenos Aires.
Doctors have advised her to have "strict rest" and avoid air travel for the next 30 days.
Officials have not said when she will resume her duties. Vice President Arnado Boudou has assumed her public responsibilities.
In August, Fernandez suffered a blow to the head. During an examination last weekend, doctors initially told her to rest for a month.
But on Sunday, Fernandez reported a loss of sensitivity in her left arm. Two days later, she underwent a two-hour emergency procedure to remove the clot.
Fernandez’s health scare forced her to drop plans to campaign for candidates from her Victory Party before October 27 congressional elections. Surveys indicate that the party could lose control of Congress to opposition forces.
Fernandez, 60, was first elected in 2007, succeeding her husband Nestor Kirchner. She won re-election four years later.

Her health has been followed closely since her husband, who had been widely expected to run for president again in 2011, died of a heart attack in 2010.
Fernandez has had a number of health problems in recent years, National Public Radio reported. In 2012, she underwent emergency surgery for thyroid cancer and she has been diagnosed with low blood pressure.

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