January 5, 2012- Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner had cancer surgery on Wednesday about 35 miles from Buenos Aires in Austral Hospital. The president of Argentina was said to be resting comfortably following the surgery that removed her thyroid gland. No complications were reported in the three plus hour surgery.
Last week medical experts said tests showed the papillary carcinoma in Fernandez’s thyroid did not spread into her lymph nodes or spread outside of the gland. Following the surgery, the president will remain in the hospital for at least three days.
Outside the hospital, hundreds of people waved flags showing their support for their president. One supporter said, “I prayed a lot and now I am happy, the Virgin has given us a miracle.” Many supporters said they would remain camped outside the hospital until Fernandez is released.
Fernandez officially handed over power to her vice president until January 24, prior to her entering surgery. Fernandez is currently serving her second term as President after recently winning the election with over 54% of the vote.
She first became president in 2007, following her husband Nestor Kirchner who was president between 2003 and 2007. He died in 2010. While under Fernandez’s guidance, the Argentine economy has enjoyed an annual growth of nearly 8%.
Ninety-five percent of adult patients with papillary carcinoma in the thyroid survive for at least a decade following surgery. Treatment consists of surgery, radiation and medication.