Surgery Set for Argentina President's Head Injury
Cristina Fernandez's operation will relieve pressure on brain
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2013 1:36 PM CDT
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez arrives to a local hospital, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/DyN, Pablo Molina)

(Newser) – Argentina President Cristina Fernandez landed back in the hospital today, just after she was put on a month of bed rest for a subdural hematoma, and doctors have scheduled surgery for tomorrow to drain it, reports the BBC. Fernandez apparently suffered a blow to the head in August, but the hematoma and cause of her frequent headaches wasn't diagnosed until Saturday. Her vice president, Amado Boudou, appeared publicly with other Cabinet members, vowing to carry on "while she gets the rest she deserves." He continued: "Be strong Cristina! We're all going forward together!"

What's not clear, as per the AP: Whether Fernandez will formally cede her powers while she recovers. Boudou is deeply unpopular and is currently facing a corruption investigation. Fernandez's most recent health scare comes just three years after her husband, former Argentine president Nestor Kirchner, died of a heart attack. Fernandez herself had a cancer scare in late 2011.

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Winston_Smith
Oct 8, 2013 2:44 AM CDT
Her name is Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, which can be shortened to either Cristina Kirchner or Cristina de Kirchner. Calling her "Cristina Fernandez" is equivalent to referring to the former Secretary of State as "Hilary Rodham".
wei2szu
Oct 7, 2013 3:10 PM CDT
Dang. I hope she can be truthful about who hit her, how she was druged...etc. She is by far the most beautiful president on earth.
Winston_Smith
Oct 7, 2013 2:45 PM CDT
Ugh. If it's really been two months since her fall, then I would bet that the thing has clotted by now, so they can't just stick a needle in and drain it out. Instead, the surgeons will probably have to open up the side of her head so that they can basically scoop it out. That's what happened to me several years ago--I had to go through several months of physical therapy to recover movement on my right side, and it was six months before I had really recovered. No fun at all, my condolences.