Italian surgeons began a four-hour heart operation on former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Tuesday to replace a defective aortic valve, a hospital statement said.
The surgery started at 8 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), the statement added.
The 79-year-old centre-right leader and media mogul was admitted to hospital last week suffering from what his doctors called a cardiac deficiency.
In a post on Facebook, Berlusconi wrote on Monday: “Naturally I am worried, but I have been very much consoled by the outpour of affection and support that have come from many parts, including from so-called political enemies.“
surgeon – chirurgo
operation – operazione, intervento chirurgico
former prime minister – ex primo ministro
defective – difettoso, cattivo
aortic valve – valvoa aortica
statement – comunicato
leader – leader, capo
to be admitted to hospital – essere ricoverato all’ospedale
to suffer from – soffrire
to be consoled by – essere consolato da qualcuno
outpour – torrente
affection – affetto
support – supporto
so-called – cosiddetto
enemies – nemico