Festive Left Friday Blogging: Long live Lugo!

Because we haven’t heard that much from Paraguay lately, or from its gutsy president, I thought I’d bring you this piece of great news tonight:

The president of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, who returned to Asunción today after receiving more treatments in Brazil, said that he feels stronger and is recovered from the lymphatic cancer he was diagnosed with in 2010.

“I can assure you…that this illness, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is completely gone,” said Lugo during a brief press conference upon his arrival at Silvio Pettirossi Airport, on the outskirts of the capital.

Lugo returned to Asunción after being released from the Syrio-Lebanese Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil, where tests on Wednesday showed that the lymphoma was in remission, according to a press release from the medical centre.

“Paraguay wants and deserves to have a healthy president, who can give himself entirely to the nation, right this moment,” said the president.

Lugo thanked “the citizens, the doctors”, and those who “have had the patience to put up with a leader who has confronted an illness and who is now feeling completely rejuvenated.”

Translation mine.

Lugo was really in a bad way for a while there, so this is excellent news indeed. Let’s hope this remission turns out to be a cure, and that he can finish out his term in good health.

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3 Responses to Festive Left Friday Blogging: Long live Lugo!

  1. Wow, I didn’t even know he was ill. Lugo makes the news even less than Evo Morales, who trails far behind Hugo Chavez. Guess it pays to have a big mouth. 😉

    At any rate, all three are bigger heroes than any European “leader” I can think of.

    • Sabina Becker says:

      I’m hoping that now that Lugo is on the mend, he and Evo will sit down together and discuss what they can do to make Mario Cossío’s life absolutely miserable. The latter took refuge in Paraguay lately, after it became clear that he was about to be arrested for putschist activities in Bolivia. Somehow, I can’t see Lugo putting up with him for very long.

  2. Jim Hadstate says:

    This is very good news. About both the non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and that scumbag Mario Cassio. Jackie Kennedy Onassis lived with that disease for over 10 years and that was some 20 years ago. Think of the medical progress made since then. It is still fatal, but the life expectancy has increased by an order of magnitude.
    As for Cassio, the sooner Evo gets his hands on him the better. He needs to face a judge for is puschist acts.

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