The elected president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, He was discharged after undergoing surgery to remove a lesion in the larynx detected in recent medical examinations, as reported by the San Pablo hospital where he was treated. On November 12, Lula, 77, had already gone to the hospital for a routine medical check-up, which certified the complete remission of the throat tumor that was diagnosed in 2011.
“All resolved and fine”
The leader of the Workers’ Party (PT) had been hospitalized since Sunday, upon returning from an official tour, “to perform a laryngoscopy to remove a lecoplasia (white lesion) on the left vocal cord,” the hospital said. Syrian Lebanese in a statement. “The procedure showed the absence of neoplasia”added the medical report, which ruled out tumors due to an abnormal increase in cells.
During the surgery, which required general anesthesia, Lula was accompanied by a medical team coordinated by Roberto Kalil Filho, Artur Katz, Rubens Brito, Rui Imamura and Luiz Paulo Kowalski. PT federal deputy Alexandre Padilha, who is a doctor, also accompanied the president-elect to the hospital. Along with the recommendation to avoid excesses, Lula should intensify his daily speech therapy exercises, according to the newspaper. Folha de Sao Paulo.
Lula received a medical discharge on Monday morning and after returning home he said he was in good spirits. “Good morning. At home, after a small procedure. Everything resolved and fine. Good week to all”said the president-elect of Brazil on his Twitter account.
According to local media, Lula will remain resting in his house without a public agenda. The lesion in the larynx removed this weekend had been detected in routine medical check-ups last Saturday, after a months-long effort of the presidential campaign in which his voice had raised concerns.
Although those tests were satisfactory, the exhaustion in the campaign caused hoarseness that kept him out of activity for a few days, which was used by his political rivals to speculate about his state of health.
Lula will be the oldest head of state when he takes office in Brazil on January 1st. He was a smoker for 50 years and gave up smoking in 2010, after hospitalization for hypertension. The cancer was detected at the end of his second presidential term, in 2011.
A year later, the doctors announced his full recovery after undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. But Lula never neglected her health.
During the 580 days he spent in jail in Curitiba after being convicted of corruption in the Lava Jato case, Lula kept fit by running nine kilometers a day on a treadmill. He also received treatment for hypertension and was accompanied by an oncologist in the 580 days that he spent unjustly detained until his release on November 8, 2019.
First tour as president-elect
Last week Lula participated in the United Nations climate summit in Egyptin his first international appearance as elected president of Brazil, and then visited Portugal. Before leaving, his team reported that the results of Lula’s studies were normal, confirming the “complete remission” of the laryngeal tumor detected in 2011.
Lula urged his immigrant compatriots over the weekend in Portugal to return to their country soon, where he assured that they would be welcomed with open arms. “Sometimes it makes me sad when I see Brazilian men and women living in other countries because they couldn’t find opportunities to study or work in their country,” said the president, according to statements reproduced by the Portuguese press.
Lula was also in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh to attend COP27, where he proposed to organize the 30th UN climate conference in 2025 in the Brazilian Amazon and promised to launch a “very strong fight” against deforestation in that region. , considered the lungs of the planet.
The former union leader energetically promised to resume the social agenda of his first two terms, which lifted 30 million people out of poverty. In addition, he promised to combat malnutrition in Brazil, which in 2021 reappeared on the so-called “hunger map” of the UN. The South American giant had been removed from that registry in 2014, thanks to the economic boom and the social policies of Lula and her successor Dilma Rousseff.