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Brazil`s ex-president Lula released from hospital

Last Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 12:05

Sao Paulo: Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is undergoing radiation therapy for larynx cancer, was released from hospital following treatment for a lung infection.

"He will continue to take antibiotics until March 16 but he is tending to get better and better," one of his doctors, Roberto Kalil Filho, told Brazil`s G1 news website.

Lula should be back for a checkup later in the month, Kalil Filho said.

Doctors say that Lula`s lung infection is common for someone whose defences are weak after going through three cycles of chemotherapy and 33 radiation therapy sessions.

Lula, Brazil`s first leftist president, led the country from January 2003 to December 2010. He left office with a soaring 80 percent approval rating after two consecutive terms.

An ex-smoker known for his raspy voice, the 66 year-old Lula was diagnosed with cancer in October.

He underwent months of chemotherapy and doctors have said his cancer is in remission.


First Published: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 12:05
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