Argentina Frets As Leader Undergoes Brain Surgery

8:00 AM, Oct 8, 2013   |    comments
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez (AP)
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Doctors are drilling into President Cristina Fernandez's skull to siphon out blood that is pressuring her brain two months after she suffered an unexplained head injury.

Experts described the Tuesday morning procedure as generally low risk and almost always having positive results. But the surgery on the 60-year-old leader worried many Argentines, who have struggled to imagine their country with anyone else at its center.

The website of the Argentine presidency announced early Tuesday that the surgery had begun.

Dozens of supporters of Argentina's leader were gathered outside the Fundacion Favaloro, one of Argentina's top cardiology hospitals, after keeping vigil there the night before. Some carried signs with messages such as "Be Strong President."

Fernandez was diagnosed with "chronic subdural hematoma," or fluid trapped between the skull and brain.

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