Doctors: Argentine president well after surgery

President Cristina Fernandez has had headaches.
President Cristina Fernandez has had headaches.

BUENOS AIRES — Doctors removed a blood clot pressuring the right side of Cristina Fernandez’s brain on Tuesday, relieving pressure that had been giving the Argentine president headaches and numbness.

Their report said she was doing well, that there were no complications, and that she would remain hospitalized for now.

The president’s spokesman briefly addressed a crowd of supporters outside the hospital, saying the operation ‘‘has been satisfactory, it has been very good,’’ and that Fernandez was happily thanking all who helped her.


‘‘She’s in very good spirits, so the next medical report will come at midday tomorrow,’’ said Alfredo Scoccimarro.

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Daniel Scioli, governor of Buenos Aires, who has announced his bid to succeed Fernandez in 2015, was among many Argentine politicians wishing her a rapid recovery. ‘‘If God desires it, she’s going to be back with us very soon, fully functioning.’’

Experts described the procedure — drilling through the skull and suctioning out the blood — as being low-risk and almost always having positive results, but recovery can take three months or more.

Associated Press