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Argentina’s Fernandez Leaves Hospital After Blood Clot Surgery

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner sits during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 24, 2013. Photographer: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner left a Buenos Aires hospital today after an Oct. 8 surgery to remove a blood clot close to her brain.

Fernandez left the Favaloro Foundation clinic in Buenos Aires in good spirits, spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro said in a televised address on state-run news agency Telam. Fernandez, 60, was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma on Oct. 5, eight weeks after sustaining a blow to the head.

Fernandez first took power in 2007, succeeding her husband Nestor Kirchner, who died in 2010. Before the surgery, doctors had advised that she rest for a month, which would have blocked her from campaigning with candidates before the Oct. 27 midterm congressional elections.

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