Silvio Berlusconi discharged after spending 44 days hospitalized with complications from leukemia

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Three-time Italian prime minister and leader of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi, was resigned on Friday after spending 44 days hospitalized at the San Raffaele hospital from Milan due to pneumonia aggravated by chronic leukemia from which he had been suffering for some time.

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Berlusconi, 86, had to be admitted on April 5 to the intensive care unit and after 12 days he went to the plant where he was accompanied by his partner, the deputy Marta Fascina, 53 years his junior.

He has also received visits from his five children, friends and allies politicians like Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi waves from his car as he leaves the San Raffaele hospital in Milan on May 19, 2023. (Photo by Piero Cruciatti/AFP)

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi waves from his car as he leaves the San Raffaele hospital in Milan on May 19, 2023. (Photo by Piero Cruciatti/AFP)

The tycoon left the hospital in a black car, escorted by several vehicles, and did not make any statements to the media posted at the door of the medical center.

The owner of the giant Fininvest appeared last Friday in a video in which he encouraged Italians to vote in the administrative elections that took place in about 800 municipalities in the country, sitting behind a desk with the party banner and the Italian flag behind him.

“Here I am, wearing a shirt and jacket for the first time in a month,” the media mogul said at the time.

He had previously sent an early video message to his party convention, stating that he was “ready” to go back into battle.

At the end of April, the doctors of the Italian politician, Alberto Zangrillo and Fabio Ciceri, had highlighted the “recovery” of the health of the founder of Forza Italia.

In the latest medical report, issued on May 3, the doctors who treated him explained it Berlusconi’s clinical picture is “stable and encouraging”almost a month after his hospitalization.

Then, doctors Zangrillo and Ciceri revealed that the former president was being treated for a “lung infection” caused by “a chronic hematological disease that he had been carrying for some time: chronic myelomonocytic leukemia“.

A supporter of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi stands near the San Raffaele hospital.  Reuters photo.

A supporter of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi stands near the San Raffaele hospital. Reuters photo.

Chronic myeloid leukemia is a form of blood cancer that can appear especially in people over the age of 60 and the doctors then specified that they were undergoing “specialist cytoreduction treatments”.

Over the years, Berlusconi has been the subject of several hospitalizations: in one of them a pacemaker was implanted, while he was also hospitalized for Covid in 2020 and in one of the most recent, in January 2022, he was hospitalized for a urinary tract infection . .

His political career is linked to the Italian history of the last thirty years, in which he was prime minister three times between 1994 and 2011.

He is currently a senator and president of Forza Italia, a right-wing party and partner in the coalition government of far-right premier Giorgia Meloni.

Source: Clarin

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