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President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay undergoes prostate operation

January 8, 2010 | 12:31 pm

President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay today underwent a successful operation for a noncancerous swollen prostate, officials announced.

Lugo, 58, is expected to leave Italian Hospital in Asuncion, the capital, on Saturday and spend several days recovering, said Communications Minister Agusto Dos Santos, according to the Associated Press. The president may return to work next week on a limited schedule, his office said.

Nestor Martinez, the president’s personal doctor, reportedly said the problem was noncancerous and that “in a few days he will return to normal life.”

-- Efrain Hernandez Jr.

Photo: Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo talks to a doctor in a recovery room at a hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay, where Lugo underwent prostate surgery. Credit: EPA / IPParaguay Official Agency