Argentine President Cristina Fernandez will require surgery and at least a month off from work after suffering from a subdural haematoma, otherwise known as blood on the brain. Fernandez, 60, may be suffering from complications from a fall in August. She was admitted to a hospital in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
The president will undergo surgery on Tuesday, and politically, it couldn't come at a worse time for Fernandez. The surgery and month's rest will take her off the campaign trail for a major legislative election on October 27, when half of the lower house and a third of the senate's seats are up for grabs. The results will determine who gets to control the country's Congress. The next presidential election isn't until 2015.
The Guardian explains why the haematoma is likely related to her fall in August, during which she suffered a blow to the head:
A subdural haematoma is an accumulation of blood under a membrane that covers the brain and usually occurs after a blow to the head. The decision to discharge the president when the damage occurred suggests the haematoma is too small to be drained via surgery, said a doctor not involved in the treatment.
Fernandez went to the hospital on Saturday with complaints of slight loss of strength in her left arm, and headaches. That's when doctors discovered the bleeding.