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Argentine President Undergoing Emergency Surgery to Remove Blood from Brain

Update Date: Oct 07, 2013 06:44 PM EDT
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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is slated to have surgery Tuesday morning to remove blood between her brain and skull that has been causing new, according to AFP.

Over the weekend, doctors diagnosed Fernández de Kirchner with a subdural hematoma and recommended she take at least a month off of work. The subdural hematoma is a clot inside her skull pressuring her brain and causing headaches. In some patients, such blood clots reabsorb by themselves over time.

Doctors decided to operate on Fernández de Kirchner after she complained of a tingling sensation in her left arm Sunday evening, according to a statement released by two doctors from the Fundación Favaloro hospital.

During Fernandez's absence, Vice President Amado Boudou is serving as Argentina's interim president.

According to Argentina's constitution, the vice president would assume the presidency temporarily in the president's absence. But officials have not yet announced whether that will occur.

As the president asked us, we are going to maintain the administration," Boudou said earlier Monday as he took her place at a ceremony at the Casa Rosada, Argentina's presidential palace.

But he did not specify which presidential duties he will take over during Fernández de Kirchner's recuperation.

Fernández de Kirchner underwent emergency surgery in early 2012 for thyroid cancer, just weeks after being sworn in for her second term in office. But tests then showed her condition had been benign. She must now take medications to compensate for lacking a thyroid gland. Kirchner also has low blood pressure.

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