Brazilian VP to undergo intestinal surgery

12:49, November 27, 2010      

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The Brazilian government informed on Friday that Vice President Jose Alencar will be submitted to a bowel surgery on Saturday.

The surgery will take place in the Sirio-Libanes Hospital, in Sao Paulo, where the VP was admitted on Tuesday because of a bowel obstruction.

According to a statement released by the VP' s physicians, "even though the VP' s condition remains stable and his sarcoma has been responding to treatment, the intestinal obstruction persists, and will have to be treated surgically."

Vice President Alencar has spent the majority of the month in the hospital - earlier in November, he was admitted to treat a bowel obstruction and had a heart attack days later. In September, the VP was hospitalized to treat a lung edema, and in July, he was admitted after a high blood pressure episode.

Alencar, 79, has been battling an abdominal cancer since the mid-90s. In the past decade and a half, the VP was submitted to 15 surgeries of various types and underwent several rounds of chemotherapy.

The VP is admired in the country for his resilience and determination to fight cancer.

Source: Xinhua


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