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Italy's former centre-left leader stable after brain haemorrhage

Published on Jan 6, 2014 9:19 PM

ROME (REUTERS) - The former leader of Italy's centre-left party, Pier Luigi Bersani, was alert and speaking to his family on Monday after surgery to treat a brain haemorrhage, and doctors said his condition was stable.

Mr Bersani's unexpected illness prompted an outpouring of sympathy and support, including from Prime Minister Enrico Letta and rivals Silvio Berlusconi and Beppe Grillo.

Mr Bersani's surgeon, Ermanno Giombelli, was cautious in his comments during a press conference broadcast from a hospital in the northern city of Parma, saying complications can follow such surgery several days later.

However, he added: "I'm optimistic. He was conscious both before and after surgery."

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