Monday, September 25

Former Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, in an induced coma after suffering a stroke

Paraguayan former president and senator Fernando Lugo (2008-2012) suffered this Wednesday a stroke, for which he remains under an induced coma in a clinic in Asunción, informed the legislator Jorge Querey, of the leftist coalition to which the political leader belongs.

“He came in here with the diagnosis of an ischemic stroke,” Querey, who is also a family doctor in Lugo, told reporters.

Lugo, of 71 years, he was transferred in an emergency from his office in the Senate to the San Roque Sanatorium, near the historic center of the Paraguayan capital, after he suffered a decompensation.

Querey, from the alliance of leftist parties Front Guasuexplained that ongoing studies indicate that the former president, who traveled to Bogotá in recent days to participate in the investiture ceremonies of the new president of Colombia, the leftist Gustavo Petro, “had a seizure or what people normally know as a epileptic attack”.

The episode, he said, took place after the former president presented “very minor symptoms” during his trip to Colombian territory.

The left-wing leader, who underwent CT scans, has an injury “relatively small”, added his treating doctor, who admitted that he will undergo other more complex studies to determine the magnitude of his case.

“He is currently in a drug-induced coma and connected to mechanical respiratory assistance“, added Querey, who estimated that he will remain like this between 12 and 24 hours to “adequately oxygenate” his brain.

The legislator and doctor added that Lugo is a “patient with long-standing treatment” who receives permanent medication for coagulation and circulation.

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The former president was diagnosed in August 2010 with early-stage lymphoma cancer, for which he received treatment at Brazil and recovered in 2012.

Lugo, a former Catholic bishop, ended his electoral victory in 2008 with 61 years of hegemony of the Colorado Party.

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