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Saturday July 7, 2012

19 Days After Suffering a Stroke Colombian V.P. Leaves Hospital

19 Days After Suffering a Stroke Colombian V.P. Leaves Hospital

Photo: Vice President Angelino Garzon

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Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon was released from hospital Friday, 19 days after suffering a stroke, Bogota’s Reina Sofia Clinic said in a statement.

Garzon was taken home by aides, family members and a bodyguard who traveled in three armored cars escorted by a police patrol.

The vice president “continues to progress satisfactorily” and was deemed fit to leave “under a program of home hospitalization” and comprehensive rehabilitation, clinic director Andres Caballero said.

“Under doctors’ recommendation, visits will continue to be restricted,” the communique said.

Garzon was admitted to the clinic on June 14 apparently suffering from a prostate infection, but after several days there he suffered a stroke that affected several vital functions and for which he underwent an emergency operation.

On June 19 he was placed in the intensive care unit, where he was kept in an induced coma for a week until he awakened and his state of health began to make some progress. He was moved to a room last Sunday.

Garzon, a respected former union leader, became vice president as the running mate of Juan Manuel Santos after having served as labor minister in the 1998-2002 government of Andres Pastrana and as ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva during the 2002-2010 tenure of President Alvaro Uribe.