Jordi Pujol, out of danger, remains under observation in case he suffers any sequelae

BarcelonaThe former president of the Generalitat Jordi Pujol is out of danger, “conscious” and under “observation” in the stroke unit of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona, ​​as he explained in a press conference the medical team that treated him this Tuesday at noon. Dr. Albert Lleó, director of the center’s neurology service, has explained that during the day today he will have a cranial CT scan to assess whether there are brain sequelae after the intervention carried out yesterday afternoon, when he was admitted derived from speech difficulties. He will now be under observation for 24 to 48 hours to determine if there are any effects from the treatment, as it is not known right now because he is under the effects of sedative medications and it cannot be determined if he will have further side effects.

The hospital reported that he underwent “endovascular treatment to remove the obstruction” of the cerebral artery, which consisted of mechanical extraction via the femoral artery of the thrombus by aspiration: “He was diagnosed in time to administer the necessary treatment”, assured the Sant Pau medical team. He also clarified that this treatment was applied despite his 92 years of age because of his previous “vital” condition: “He was in good condition.” A decision that also endorsed the family despite the “risks” involved in the intervention.

Dr. Joan Martí-Fàbregas, director of the stroke unit, has admitted that at his age there may be complications following this intervention, but he wanted to emphasize that the treatment was technically successful. In this sense, he has predicted that he can fully or partially recover from the language deficit, since for now he has been able to recognize his children, who accompany him to the hospital, after waking up.

Jordi Pujol during an interview in January 2011.

Acting on time

Pujol presented difficulties in language yesterday Monday at 11 in the morning and his family decided to take him to the Barcelona Hospital, where they made a first observation. Faced with the symptoms he presented, a stroke was diagnosed and he was transferred at five in the afternoon to Hospital Sant Pau in Barcelona, ​​experienced in treating these cases in elderly people. After doing a cranial CT scan, it was detected that there was an obstruction in the left middle cerebral artery and since they were in the first eight hours of the onset of symptoms, the medical team together with the family decided to intervene through an endovascular treatment to eliminate the thrombus – the doctors explained.

Media expectation around the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau following the admission of former president Pujol

Just last Friday afternoon, Pujol gave an interview to ‘El Suplement’ of Catalunya Ràdio, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II of England, which was broadcast on Saturday morning. In this conversation, in which he made the his diagnosis of the situation in the United Kingdom, he also opened up about his political legacy after the confession he made on July 25, 2014 about the money he had abroad and how he faced the possibility of death. His legacy admitted he was “worried” a lot, while dismissing the death as “inevitable”. In fact, he didn’t lack a touch of humor and the ability to dodge questions: he let out a “that’s not right” when asked about the Pujol family trial still pending in the National Audience; and he also avoided commenting on how he thinks he will be remembered: “The day I die he can interview someone and ask him about it. But I’m not dead yet,” he resolved, adding that death “is present, but does not obsess over it”. After a stroke and complicated treatment, his life is not in danger.

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