Brazil’s Lula in hospital with ‘lung infection’

AFP, 03/04/2012

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his wife Marisa Leticia (AFP/Instituto de Cidadania/File, Ricardo Stuckert)

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was admitted to hospital on Sunday suffering from a “mild lung infection” two weeks after completing radiation therapy for larynx cancer.

A statement from Sirio-Libanes Hospital in Sao Paulo said the 66-year-old former leader was diagnosed with a fever along with the infection and would be treated with antibiotics and remain there for several days.

Lula, a former smoker who is known for his raspy voice, was diagnosed with cancer last October.

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