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Argentine leader undergoing surgery

on October 08, 2013 10:10 AM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Doctors were drilling into President Cristina Fernandez's skull today to siphon out blood that is pressuring her brain two months after she suffered an unexplained head injury.

Experts described this morning’s procedure as generally low risk and almost always having positive results. But the surgery on the 60-year-old leader worried many Argentines, who have struggled to imagine their country with anyone else at its center.

The website of the Argentine presidency announced early today that the surgery had begun.

Fernandez was diagnosed with “chronic subdural hematoma,” or fluid trapped between the skull and brain.

In the president’s case, doctors initially prescribed a month’s rest, but decided surgery was required after she complained of numbness and weakness in her upper left arm Sunday.

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