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Latvia’s President Raimonds Vejonis to undergo urgent heart surgery

January 20, 15:25 UTC+3 RIGA
When the operation is over, a special news conference will follow, where the doctors will disclose details
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Latvia’s President Raimonds Vejonis

Latvia’s President Raimonds Vejonis

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RIGA, January 20. /TASS/. Latvia’s President Raimonds Vejonis will undergo urgent heart surgery on Wednesday, presidential spokesman Gusts Kikusts told TASS.

"Doctors of the Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital held an extra examination on Wednesday to have identified septic infection that affects heart valves. Doctors made a decision that at this moment it is essential to eliminate the source of the infection to prevent it from spreading further. Later in the day Vejonis will undergo heart surgery," he said.

Kikusts said that before the operation the president and his family were briefed in detail about the medical problem and the treatment it would require.

"Vejonis and his relatives gave their consent to the operation," Kikusts said.

When the operation is over, a special news conference will follow. The doctors will disclose some details.

Last Monday Vejonis was brought to the toxicology and sepsis clinic of Riga’s eastern clinical university hospital Gailezers with a viral infection. The president had canceled all public events scheduled for this week.

On Tuesday, he was moved to the Pauls Stradins hospital in Riga. For the time being the presidential powers have been handed over to Latvia’s parliamentary speaker Inara Murniece.

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