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Wife of Brazil’s Lula Hospitalized with Brain Aneurysm

SAO PAULO – The wife of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was hospitalized on Tuesday after an aneurysm in her brain ruptured.

Marisa Leticia Rocco, 66, was taken to the emergency room at Sao Paulo’s Hospital Sirio Libanes, sources at the facility told EFE.

Dr. Roberto Kalil Filho, who led the team that oversaw Lula’s treatment for throat cancer, told reporters that physicians performed a catheterization to contain the bleeding in Rocco’s brain.

He said doctors discovered the aneurysm a decade ago, but did not operate then because the situation did not warrant it.

The former president has been at his wife’s side “from the first moment of the hospitalization,” the Lula Institute said in a statement.

Rocco, Lula’s second wife, was Brazil’s first lady between 2003-2011. She faces charges along with her husband for allegedly accepting bribes and favors from construction giant Odebrecht, one of the companies implicated in a $2 billion scandal centered on state oil company Petrobras.

 

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