Musings —08.07.2010 11:44 AM—
Jean Chretien has successful brain surgery in Montreal
Updated: Sat Aug. 07 2010 11:03:38 AM
CTV.ca News Staff
Former prime minister Jean Chretien is recovering in a Montreal hospital after undergoing surgery to relieve a pooling of blood on his brain.
A news release issued by Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital said Chretien had surgery to relieve a spontaneous subdural hematoma, or a collection of blood between the skull and the brain, on Friday.
The hospital said neurosurgeon Dr. Jeff D. Golan successfully evacuated the blood, which had accumulated on the right side of Chretien’s head.
Hospital staff will update the former prime minister’s condition during a news conference at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Chretien is expected to be released from hospital in a few days.
He appeared in good health in May when he attended the unveiling of his official portrait on Parliament Hill.
Chretien, 76, served as an MP for 40 years and led three Liberal-majority governments in a decade as prime minister.
Chretien left public life when he resigned as prime minister in December 2003, and went to work for Heenan Blaikie, mostly at the law firm’s Ottawa office. But he is also active at the Montreal office, according to the firm’s website.
He underwent emergency quadruple bypass surgery in 2007 at the Montreal Heart Institute, shortly before his memoirs were published.