Argentine president on 1-month rest after head trauma

Argentine president on 1-month rest after head trauma

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner has been ordered to rest for a month after doctors found a brain hemorrhage linked to an August incident, her spokesman said Saturday.

Kirchner, 60, "sustained the head injury August 12 and had tests at the time that showed nothing," spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro said.

But new tests identified the chronic subdural hematoma, a type of hemorrhage, and "doctors ordered her to rest for a month," he said in a statement.

Scoccimarro said that Argentina's first democratically-elected female leader was not ordered to be on total rest.

He did not immediately say how much she would be working, but added that Kirchner would be receiving follow-up treatment.

Kirchner has had several health concerns while in office described as cerebrovascular in nature.

In January 2012, less than a month into her second term, she underwent surgery to remove her thyroid gland only to be told that she had been mistakenly diagnosed with cancer.

Kirchner's spokesman did not indicate whether Vice President Amado Boudou would take over any of her duties during her recover. Boudou, 50, is a former economy minister.

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