Argentina's president to take month off for brain hematoma

BUENOS AIRES Sat Oct 5, 2013 11:12pm EDT

1 of 2. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (L) walks ahead of Lower House candidate Martin Insaurralde in Buenos Aires in this handout taken by the Argentine Presidency September 20, 2013.

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BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has been told by doctors to take a month off because of a subdural hematoma on her brain, forcing her to abandon campaigning for important congressional elections taking place later this month.

The 60-year-old president suffered trauma to the brain in August and had been given the all-clear at the time, her spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro said, without elaborating.

Vice President Amado Boudou cut short a journey to France to return to Argentina and take over the president's duties.

Fernandez was in full campaign swing for congressional elections on October 27. Recent polls have indicated the government could lose control of Congress, an outcome that would deprive Fernandez of the chance of introducing a constitutional reform that would allow her to run for a third term in 2015.

Re-elected to a second term in 2011 on promises of increasing the government's role in the economy, Fernandez has said she is not thinking about a possible third term. But talk persists that her supporters want the constitution amended to let her run again.

Fernandez was admitted for checks earlier on Saturday to a Buenos Aires hospital that specializes in cardiovascular problems.

Doctors found a subdural hematoma, the accumulation of blood under a membrane that covers the brain. It usually occurs after a blow to the head.

The decision to discharge her suggests the hematoma is too small to be drained via surgery and is low risk, according to medical sources not involved in the treatment.

Politicians from various parties tweeted their wishes for a speedy recovery.

Fernandez, president of the South American country since 2007, had her thyroid glands removed last year after she was diagnosed with cancer, although later tests indicated no cancer was present.

Her late husband, former President Nestor Kirchner, died after a heart attack in 2010.

(Additional reporting by Alejandro Lifschitz and Guido Nejamkis; Writing by Rosalba O'Brien; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Comments (3)
ExDemocrat wrote:
Let us pray that President Cristina Fernandez has a speedy recovery. With that said, let us also pray that the U.S. does not continue to copy her country’s irresponsible economic policies. One Argentina in the Americas is enough.

Oct 05, 2013 11:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BASTEEN wrote:
Don’t cry for her!

Oct 07, 2013 8:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
vivosmith wrote:
I agree. I wish no harm on anyone, but her policies are the height of economic lunacy. Then again, perhaps there is an opportunity to invest ;) .

Oct 07, 2013 8:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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