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Argentine Ambassador to Italy Operated in Flight

August 10, 1995

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ Doctors and flight attendants successfully operated on Argentina’s ambassador to Italy after he suffered a hemorrhage during a flight from Rome to Buenos Aires.

Ambassador Mariano Cavagna Martinez, 57, was returning home with his wife and children Wednesday after a prostate operation in Rome. He hemorrhaged as the plane was flying over the Atlantic Ocean, flight attendant Fernando Fondevilla told reporters.

Also on the plane was Cavagna’s personal physician, Juan Carlos Esperanza, who staunched the hemorrhage with assistance from a Spanish heart doctor and flight attendants, Fondevilla said.

The Aerolineas Argentinas plane landed at Recife, Brazil, where the diplomat received a blood transfusion.

The flight continued to Buenos Aires, where Cavagna was rushed to a hospital. His condition was good, press reports said.