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CFK’s mother undergoes surgery

Amid questions about her unusually long absence from the public eye, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner left the Otamendi hospital where her mother, 84-year-old Ofelia Wilhelm, underwent surgeryan for an alleged hysterectomy.

The hysterectomy is a procedure in which doctors may end up removing the uterus (or a part of it), fallopian tubes or ovaries.

The head of state arrived at the Otamendi hospital minutes after 7am and left the building around 4pm, once she had received the medical report.

Following the intervention, doctors reportedly stated that Wilhelm’s health was fine. Nevertheless, the woman will remain hospitalized for a few more days.


Wilhelm was hospitalized on Tuesday for the second time in less than ten days.

Last week, Fernández de Kirchner’s mother had entered the same hospital to undergo a gynecological exam including a biopsy, according to information provided by the health center.

The medical exam took place during the president’s first day of work after the three-week break she took in Patagonia.

Back in April 2009, Ofelia Wilhem had to be hospitalized at the Fleni hospital because of a “temporary stroke.” In that occasion, the President’s mother traveled from her home in La Plata city and entered the premises for “transient global amnesia,” which later turned out to be a stroke. The president described the episode as “nothing but a bad scare.”

She was hospitalizad for only three days.


Yesterday, the President left the hospital in the official car, which was followed by an ambulance.

The national government did not provide any information about the health of the president’s mother, not about any official activities by Fernández de Kirchner, who has kept an unusually low profile.

In his daily brief to the press at Government House, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich was questioned about Wilhelm’s condition. The head of ministers avoided giving information and said that it was Fernández de Kirchner who would provide information to the public.

During the last few weeks, the presidential office only provides information about the president’s meetings with Ministers or Secretaries but without revealing further details of the topics covered.

The president’s last public appearance was on December 19, when she led a rally in which military commanders were promoted.

Herald staff with DyN

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