Brazil VP undergoes unsuccessful surgery

Doctors say they were not able to remove the tumour from Jose Alencar.

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2010, 11:48 AM IST

Sao Paulo: Brazil`s long-ailing vice president has undergone another surgery to remove a tumour causing intestinal bleeding.

Doctors say they were not able to remove the tumour from Jose Alencar. He is listed as in intensive care and on a breathing machine.

The Sirio-Libanes Hospital said in a statement late Wednesday that he was in critical — but stable — condition.

The 79-year-old Alencar has fought abdominal cancer since 1997.

One of the attending doctors told reporters that Alencar is passing through his most difficult moment.

But Raul Cutait added that the situation is not "out of control”.

Details on what immediate treatment options remained for Alencar were not given.

Bureau Report