Heart failure

Alberto Fujimori hospitalized due to heart failure — MercoPress

Peru: Alberto Fujimori hospitalized with heart failure

Friday, March 4, 2022 – 09:25 UTC

“Alberto Fujimori is a caring person because of his age”, says his doctor

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was rushed to a hospital in Lima on Thursday due to a heart condition consisting of “atrial fibrillation” and “arrhythmia”, according to his doctor.

Fujimori is incarcerated after being found guilty of corruption and crimes against humanity.

“He decompensated at seven in the morning and started having atrial fibrillation with a huge arrhythmia, and made us take him to the nearest health center” at the police base where he is serving a 25-year sentence. years since 2007, said doctor Alejandro Aguinaga.

Fujimori, 83, was first “stabilized” at a hospital near his detention center and was transferred later that day to Centenario Clinic in the Lima neighborhood of Pueblo Libre.

According to Aguinaga, the former president (1990-2000) has suffered since 2018 from atrial fibrillation for which he was operated on last October. “He’s a caring person because of his age,” he explained.

“His life was in danger if he did not receive help,” according to someone close to Fujimori.

The National Penitentiary Institute (Inpe), which controls Peru’s prisons, reported Thursday morning that Fujimori “has been evacuated urgently due to decompensation” and that “regular procedures” have been put in place.

The former president is serving a 25-year prison sentence for the Barrios Altos (1991) and La Cantuta (1992) massacres, in which an army death squad killed 25 people – including a child – in an alleged counter-terrorism operation while he was President.

Since 2007, when he arrived in Peru extradited from Chile, he has suffered from recurring respiratory and neurological problems (facial paralysis) and hypertension.

In October 2021, he was hospitalized with heart problems and underwent catheterization to place a stent, a mesh to open blocked veins and arteries. At that time, he remained hospitalized for two months.

The eldest daughter of the former president and opposition leader, Keiko Fujimori, has denounced that her father’s health had deteriorated since October, when the current president Pedro Castillo ordered his transfer to another prison in the aim of putting an end to the so-called “golden prisons”.

Keiko Fujimori said the government’s intentions were “cruel and malicious”.

The government insisted it planned to send Fujimori to a regular prison as soon as his health permitted. A request to release Fujimori on the grounds that he might catch COVID-19 was also denied.