Lugo seeks emergency treatment

2010-10-03 16:01

Asuncion - Paraguay's cancer-stricken President Fernando Lugo was flown to Brazil for emergency medical treatment on Saturday, two days after he was hospitalised because of deteriorating health, a spokesperson said.

Lugo, 59, went to a specialised clinic in Sao Paulo for treatment of an infection in his mouth.

"The president will undergo new tests and possible surgery to drain liquid from an infection in his mouth," said medical spokesperson Alfredo Boccia.

Lugo, who suffers from lymphoma, has temporarily transferred power to Vice President Federico Franco.

He was hospitalised late on Thursday for blood tests and an X-ray because of a reaction to a local anaesthetic that was injected during a dental procedure.