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CULTURE | 15-05-2019 17:01

Mirtha Legrand recovering 'favourably' after emergency operation

Legendary actress and TV presenter, who has dominated Argentina's TV screens for decades faces at least a few more days in hospital, doctor confirms.

Legendary actress and television presenter Mirtha Legrand faces at least a few more days and perhaps as long as a week in hospital, as she continues to recover from the emergency operation she was forged to undergo last weekend.

Sparking fears about the 92-year-old screen star's health, Legrand cancelled her Sunday TV show last weekend as she rushed to hospital for surgery on an "intestinal obstruction." Officials said this week she was recovering "favourably."

Speaking Wednesday, a statement from the Sanatorium Mater Dei said Legrand, the host of the classic television programmes Almorzando Con Mirtha Legrand and La Noche de Mirtha, was recovering "with no complications, accompanied by her family."

"Mrs. Mirtha Legrand continues her recovery with clear improvement, with no complications, accompanied by her family," read a statement penned by Dr. Roberto Dupuy. "In the next few days she will be discharged, we thank the media for the respect and consideration given to the institution and our patients."

The so-called 'diva,' who has dominated Argentina’s screens for decades, is said to be eager to return to work. According to reports the first question she asked after waking up from surgery was: "When can I return to work?."

TV officials said her daughter, Marcela Tinayre, would fill in for her shows on El Trece this weekend.

Although Legrand –  a veteran of Argentina's screens for more than 70 years – had managed to carry out her Saturday evening La Noche de Mirtha programme with nothing more than a fever, she was forced to cancel her Sunday Almorzando Con Mirtha Legrand, as a result of pain caused by the obstruction. 

“Mrs. Mirtha Legrand was admitted yesterday afternoon to the sanatorium for abdominal pain, and after being evaluated and performing complementary tests, surgical treatment was determined necessary to resolve the bowel obstruction,” said a statement Monday from the health institution, which is located in the Buenos Aires City neighbourhood of Palermo.

“At 11pm, after the surgery, as planned and without complications, she was transferred to the intensive care unit to complete her recovery,” said the report. 

On Monday, she was described as lucid and stable.

According to Nacho Viale, the grandson of Legrand and a producer of the show, the operation had only lasted an hour, when it was aniticipated to last longer. 

“We inform that the operation to which Mrs. Legrand underwent has been completed with very satisfactory results, she is very well, thank you all very much,” said Viale, posting on Instagram. 

- TIMES/NA 

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