Ex-Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, 86, is hospitalised for medical checks two months after being diagnosed with leukaemia and a lung infection
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been hospitalised at San Raffaele hospital in Milan, two months after being diagnosed with leukaemia and a lung infection.
Berlusconi, 86, who is in a relationship with 33-year-old Forza Italia MP Marta Fascina, was admitted to the hospital for medical checks, a source said.
The billionaire media tycoon was discharged from hospital last month after treatment for a lung infection linked to a Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukaemia (CML).
Berlusconi’s health has markedly deteriorated in recent years, with open-heart surgery in 2016 and numerous hospital admissions since contracting COVID-19 three years ago.
He was admitted to intensive care in April in the cardiac unit of the San Raffaele hospital after suffering from breathing problems.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (pictured in October last year) has been hospitalised at San Raffaele hospital in Milan, four sources told Reuters on Friday
While there, Berlusconi, the leader of the Right-wing Forza Italia party, was diagnosed with a lung infection and chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia – a rare blood cancer characterised by high numbers of white blood cells.
Berlusconi has previously overcome prostate cancer, which he described as ‘a nightmare lasting months’.
But it was his battle with Covid in 2020 which he described as the ‘most dangerous challenge’ of his life.
He served as prime minister in 1994-1995, 2001-2006 and 2008-2011 and although he doesn’t have a direct role in government, his Forza Italia party is a member of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing coalition.
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