Former Paraguay president Lugo ‘critical but stable’ after stroke
Asunción, Aug 11 (EFE).- Former Paraguay president Fernando Lugo is in a critical but stable condition after surgery as a result of a stroke, legislator and doctor Jorge Querey said Thursday.
Querey, who is the former president’s physician, told journalists that Lugo underwent cranial surgery after a scan confirmed “an increase in significant bleeding.”
In a statement, the medical team said the scan also confirmed that the former president has a congenital vascular malformation, which is considered to have caused the cerebral bleeding.
Lugo, a 71-year-old former Catholic bishop and current senator, was admitted to the San Roque Sanatorium in the Paraguayan capital on Wednesday after suffering a stroke at the Congress headquarters.
Later, he was transferred to the intensive care unit at Migone Sanatorium.
In a medical report released late Thursday afternoon, Querey said that “all monitoring, both by equipment and clinics, of the surgical part remained stable.”
Specifically, he indicated that “there are no signs” of further bleeding.
Lugo experienced mild symptoms while in Bogotá at the weekend for the inauguration of the new president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro.
In 2010, the former president was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, for which he received treatment in Brazil and was declared to be in remission in 2012.
Leftist Lugo rose to power in 2008, after an electoral victory that broke the 61-year reign of the right-wing Colorado Party.
His presidency ended in June 2012 when he was impeached by the Senate. EFE