- Title: Peru's ex-leader Fujimori leaves prison for brain scan
- Date: 5th December 2016
- Summary: LIMA, PERU (FILE - 2011) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FORMER PERUVIAN PRESIDENT ALBERTO FUJIMORI, SAYING: "I thank everyone for their concern and solidarity for my health. Thank God I do not have terminal cancer."
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- Keywords: Alberto Fujimori Keiko Fujimori corruption health
- Location: LIMA, PERU
- City: LIMA, PERU
- Country: Peru
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- Story Text: Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori said on Monday (December 5) he has been moved from his prison cell to a health clinic in Lima to undergo testing for a brain condition and to treat problems moving his right shoulder.
Fujimori, 78, has been serving a 25-year sentence since 2009 for graft and human rights abuses during his 1990-2000 authoritarian rule.
About a year ago, he was treated for two brain ischemias, or restrictions in blood supply to tissues, according to his doctor Alejandro Aguinaga.
Late on Sunday, Fujimori experienced dizziness and found a very large bruise on his right shoulder that extends to his elbow, Aguinaga told reporters.
"As a result of two situations that were already unmanageable. He had recurrent dizziness and a problem in the shoulder, it's true that it had been treated more than a year ago, but he had a very large hematoma, which extends to the elbow in the right arm. The decision was made to evacuate him for in-depth tests. Why? Because he has had two small focuses of ischemia a year ago. Then he will have a brain scan this morning. He has been evaluated by the haematologist and haematological tests have been requested to rule out any type of clotting or blood dyscrasia," the doctor said.
Fujimori said on Twitter that he had been admitted to a clinic in Lima to be scanned for risk of brain ischemia, a lack of blood flow to the brain that can lead to strokes, and to be seen for "persistent limitations moving my right shoulder."
"He is 78 years-old and it is evident that what we doctors call-- when a series of diseases or pathologies accumulate the risks are greater, the morbidity, as we call it, is greater, especially in a person like him. That is why we are always attentive to any health event that may occur," Aguinaga said.
Fujimori has undergone medical treatment outside prison several times in recent years for problems ranging from high blood pressure and depression to a growth on his tongue.
Fujimori's eldest daughter, Keiko Fujimori, narrowly lost her second presidential bid this year, dashing his supporters' hopes that he might be freed from prison with a presidential pardon.
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who took office in July, has said he would not pardon Fujimori but would be willing to sign legislation that allows ageing prisoners like him serve their sentences under house arrest.
Keiko Fujimori's right-wing party holds a majority of seats in Peru's single-chamber Congress but has not proposed any legislation that would result in Fujimori leaving prison.
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