PM undergoes third operation, skin graft

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1 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende went under the surgeon's knife for the third time on Friday morning as he recovers from an aggressive infection on his right foot, the Government Information Service RVD said.

1 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende went under the surgeon's knife for the third time on Friday morning as he recovers from an aggressive infection on his right foot, the Government Information Service RVD said.

Surgeons cut skin away from his thigh and applied it to the wound on his right foot. The wound was created whe3n tissue was removed in two previous operations that Balkenende underwent to fight the bacterial infection.
 
The medical team in the IJsselland Ziekenhuis said Friday morning's operation went smoothly. The wound on the prime minister's foot has been covered with a special dressing, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

It will become clear sometime next week if the skin graft has attached adequately, at which point the doctors in Capelle aan den IJssel will examine whether Balkenende can start convalescence.
 
The RVD said it could be several weeks before Balkenende — who also holds the rotating European Union Presidency — returns to work.

Deputy Prime Minister Gerrit Zalm is presently filling in for the prime minister and represented the Cabinet in the parliamentary debate about the 2005 Budget earlier this week.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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