EU’s Juncker Set To Leave intensive Care After Aneurysm Operation

Brussels –  European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is due to be released from intensive care on Wednesday, a day after he underwent surgery to treat an aneurysm, his spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said.

“Yesterday’s intervention went well,” Andreeva told reporters in Brussels.

Juncker, who is 64, will now take some time to recuperate and his return to office will depend on his state of recovery, she added.

An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel which can burst open, leading to uncontrolled bleeding. In certain parts of the body it can be particularly lethal.

Juncker’s term was supposed to end on Oct. 31, but he has stayed on in a caretaker role due to a delay in the approval of the new commission, to be headed by Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen.

The veteran German politician hopes to take over on Dec. 1.

Juncker has had previous health issues.

In August, he was forced to sit out on a G7 summit in France after his gallbladder was removed in an emergency operation.

The former Luxembourg prime minister also suffers from sciatica – a legacy of a serious car accident in 1989 that left him in a coma for two weeks.

(dpa/NAN)

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