Argentina's Fernandez has hematoma removed from brain

Tue Oct 8, 2013 1:11pm EDT
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By Hugh Bronstein

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez had successful surgery on Tuesday to remove blood from the surface of her brain and is expected to make a full recovery, a government spokesman said.

Her conditioned, diagnosed on Saturday, has nonetheless sidelined the sharp-tongued, two-term leader ahead of a key mid-term election and at the apex of a rancorous court battle with the nation's "holdout" creditors.

"She is in a very good mood," spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro said.

The president's medical team issued a statement saying the operation took place without complications.

Fernandez' condition, described as a subdural hematoma, came from hitting her head when she took a fall in August. The operation involved draining blood that had pooled between the brain and the skull.

Fernandez, known for micro-managing her cabinet, is likely to pick up the reins of state as soon as she can, even if it from a hospital bed. Vice President Amado Boudou cut short a planned visit to Brazil and France to return to Argentina during the weekend and take over Fernandez's public duties while she recuperates.

On Saturday Fernandez, 60, was told to rest for a month due to her condition but on Monday plans for the surgery were announced after she complained of tingling in her left arm.

Supporters, some carrying signs that said "Hang In There Cristina" and "The Country Is With You," gathered outside the Fundacion Favaloro hospital, where the surgery was conducted.   Continued...

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez speaks at the 2009 World Leaders Forum at Columbia University in New York September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer