Brazilian President hospitalised, cancels Davos trip
Brasilia: An "exhausted" Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was hospitalized in the northeastern city of Recife after suffering hypertension, the President`s office said early Thursday.
Lula, 64, was on his way on Thursday morning to Sao Paulo to undergo further tests after being rushed to the Hospital Portugais de Recife late Wednesday, a spokesman said.
"The President was already very well this morning, but the doctors recommended rest," the spokesman at the Planalto presidential palace said.
"He had a very intense week and was really exhausted," he said. "It was a hypertension crisis and in light of it a decision was made to cancel the trip to Davos."
Lula fell ill at a Brazilian air force base in Recife where he was supposed to board a flight to Switzerland to attend the Davos World Economic Forum, local press reports said.
Lula`s doctor, Cleber Ferreira, who was travelling with the President, told the press that "the general state of the president is good," although he would undergo a battery of tests in Sao Paulo.
In Davos, Lula was due to receive a prize as a Global Statesman.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Will Akhilesh-Rahul alliance be able to trump BJP in UP elections?
- Arms case: Salman Khan acquitted by Jodhpur court
- Raisina Dialogue 2017: Pakistan must walk away from terror, says PM Modi
- J&K: LeT militant gunned down by security forces in Bandipora
- Etah: School bus collides with truck, several children killed
- World's 30 most dynamic cities: Check out the full list
- China State TV said that its troops can reach New Delhi in 48 hours in war scenario; Indians slay it with their replies
- WATCH: Kieron Pollard's incredible one-handed six demoralises Fawad Ahmed
- IND vs ENG, 2nd ODI: Yuvraj Singh silences critics with 14th ODI hundred, fourth against England — WATCH
- Bengaluru pips Silicon Valley to become world's most dynamic city