Brazilian Ambassador Has Surgery for Blood Clot on Brain
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Brazilian ambassador to the United States underwent surgery Friday to remove a blood clot in his brain.
Embassy spokesman Pedro Borio said Ambassador Paulo Tarso Flecha de Lima, 62, was rushed to Georgetown University Hospital about 8:30 a.m. after he complained of feeling ill.
The ambassador’s physician, Dr. Charles Rackley, who is a professor at Georgetown’s medical school, examined de Lima and determined that he was suffering from a cerebral hemorrhage, Borio said.
``He went through several tests this morning, including an angiogram. And doctors decided it was necessary for him to undergo surgery immediately,″ Borio said. ``He remained coherent and awake throughout the morning, answering questions during the examination.″
The surgery lasted about five hours and ``managed to stop the hemorrhage, remove the blood clot and correct a malformation that caused the hemorrhage,″ Borio said. De Lima was expected to remain in the hospital’s intensive care unit for the next few days.
De Lima has been Brazil’s ambassador to the United States since November 1993.