Cyprus Mail

All clear for Anastasiades’ surgery (Update 3)

By Jean Christou

SURGERY to repair the mitral valve of President Nicos Anastasides’ heart is slated for Tuesday after medical tests on Monday gave the all clear for the procedure.

Anastasides was admitted to New York’s Mount Sinai hospital on Monday morning to undergo the tests that would determine if he was able to have heart surgery on Tuesday or whether it would have to be postponed for later in the week.

According to Politis, he also chatted for a couple of minutes with Cypriot expat correspondents who visited his hotel. They reported that he appeared to be in good spirits and said he felt like he was on an adventure. He joked that the Barbaros situation was a bigger issue than his own, referring to the Turkish seismic vessel’s violations the island’s exclusive economic zone.

Anastasiades told the journalists that after his operation when he was recuperating back at his New York hotel: “You can keep me company and I can keep you company.”

According to reports on Monday night, the operation would go ahead at around 1pm Cyprus time on Tuesday (6am New York time). The surgery is expected to last for five hours and the president will then be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit, where he will remain for four or five days.
The procedure will be carried out by Dr David Adams at Mount Sinai who does hundreds of such operations a year.

Archbishop Demetrios of America is expected to visit Anastasiades, 68, after his operation.

The president is expected to spend around five days in hospital and plans to be back in Cyprus by Christmas and return to work early in the new year.

His wife Andry, personal physician Dr Savvas Kadis, and cardio-vascular surgeon Marinos Sotiriou have accompanied him to New York. The total cost of the trip will be borne by the president himself.
After being discharged from hospital, Anastasiades will remain in New York for another week to convalesce.

The president left Cyprus on Saturday and arrived in New York on Sunday.

In his statements at Larnaca airport, prior to his departure, Anastasiades thanked the Cypriot people for their good wishes. “I will be admitted on Monday to the clinic and I hope to undergo repair surgery on Tuesday, in order to return back to Cyprus as soon as possible,” he said.

“During my recovery I will have time to reconsider a lot of what is happening today in order to enter a new dynamic path.”

In his absence, House Speaker Yiannakis Omirou will be Acting President.



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