Vice President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández, enters the Buenos Aires clinic for scheduled surgery

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner enters the clinic for a hysterectomy.

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The former president (2007-2015) and current vice president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, He went this Thursday morning to a medical center in the city of Buenos Aires to undergo a surgical operation, as confirmed to Efe sources of his legal defense.

The ex-president arrived at the Otamendi Sanatorium, located in the heart of Buenos Aires, around 06:53 local time (09:53 GMT), to undergo a hysterectomy.

The intervention, which was already scheduled in advance, consists of the removal of the uterus and, in some cases, the cervix.

The surgery is scheduled for 08:00 local time (11:00 GMT) and it is expected that after its completion the vice president will be hospitalized to continue with her recovery, which could last between three and five days.

At a press conference, the presidential spokeswoman, Gabriela Cerruti, declined to offer details about the vice president’s operation, stating that “information on medical issues is given through medical reports.” “Officially, doctors report on health issues,” the official stressed.

In any case, Cristina Fernández communicated last night by phone with the current president of the country, Alberto Fernández, to talk about the intervention this Thursday.

“Of course, President Alberto Fernández conveyed his affection, his desire for a speedy recovery and his willingness to be there for everything she needs,” said Cerruti.

This surgical intervention occurs just ten days before Argentina holds legislative elections, elections in which the ruling party starts at a disadvantage, due to the overwhelming defeat it suffered in the open, simultaneous and mandatory primaries (PASO) in September.

In these elections, half of the Congress and a third of the Senate will be renewed.

Other operations

In her last stage as president of the South American country, Cristina Fernández underwent two operations, the first of them in 2012, when the thyroid gland was removed due to the detection of “follicular adenomas”.

A year later, the current vice president was operated on for a subdural hematoma located between the brain and the skull, after she suffered a fall.

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