Photo: Argentine President Fernandez de Kirchner
President Cristina Fernandez “has emerged fine” from an operation on Tuesday to drain blood from a chronic subdural hematoma inside her skull, the Argentine government said.
The operation went “satisfactorily” and Fernandez is now back in her hospital room, presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro told media representatives gathered at the door of the Fundacion Favaloro clinic in Buenos Aires.
The president “greeted everyone, thanked the medical team and all the people who are praying for her,” Scoccimarro said, declining to take any questions.
The hematoma was drained “in a surgery without complications,” Fernandez’s medical team said in a bulletin.
Earlier, the documents added, “the cardiovascular risks were discounted via different complementary exams.”
“The patient is progressing favorably, remaining ... (in) the Intensive Care Unit,” the bulletin said.
Though caused by a blow to the head Fernandez suffered on Aug. 12, the hematoma was not diagnosed until last Saturday and doctors initially prescribed a month of rest for the 60-year-old president.
But after an episode Sunday night when Fernandez complained of tingling in her left arm, physicians decided they needed to drain the hematoma.