Supporters of Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez
react outside a hospital in Buenos Aires. REUTERS/Marcos
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez had successful
surgery today to remove blood from the surface of her brain and
is expected to make a full recovery, a government spokesman
Her condition, 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
The president's medical team issued a statement saying the
operation took place without complications and that Fernandez
was recovering in the intensive care unit of the Fundacion
Favaloro hospital, where the surgery took place.
Fernandez's 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
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
"She sends greeting to all of you and would like to thank you
and her medical team," Scoccimarro said from the hospital
The hematoma appeared at a sensitive time for the Fernandez
administration. Argentines are increasingly unhappy about
double-digit inflation and government-imposed currency
controls that have clamped down on access to U.S. dollars as
part of an effort to halt capital flight.
Her policies promote economic growth at the cost of consumer
prices increases clocked by private economists at 25 percent
per year, one of the highest inflation rates in the world.
Fernandez 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 from a heart attack in 2010.
When Fernandez became ill on Saturday she was in full
campaign mode, making speeches on behalf of allies running in
the October 27 mid-term primary, which will determine whether
her coalition keeps control of Congress during her final two
years as leader of the grains-exporting powerhouse.