Asuncion: President Fernando Lugo, who is
fighting cancer, does not require surgery, doctors said after
the Paraguayan leader was flown to Brazil for emergency
treatment of an apparent infection.
Doctors had said Lugo would likely have a build up of
fluids caused by infection drained from his neck. The surgery
would take place at Sao Paulo`s Hospital Sirio Libanes, where
he has been undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin`s lymphoma.
Lugo left his No. 2, Vice President Federico Franco,
in charge of Paraguay in his absence.
But later yesterday the Hospital Sirio Libanes issued
a report saying it was not an infection.
"The studies show that he doesn`t require surgery; a
thrombosis (blood clot) was detected in his superior vena
cava, something that can happen during cancer treatment," said
Augusto Dos Santos, the communications director for Paraguay`s
government palace, citing the hospital report.
Dos Santos added that the diagnosis does not represent
a worsening in Lugo`s lymphoma but rather a complication in
He said a new report on Lugo`s health would be
Lugo, a 59-year-old former Roman Catholic priest, is
being treated for what doctors have described as three
apparently low-grade lymphoma -- in the groin, chest and the
third lumbar vertebra.