FARC leader being treated for stroke: Colombia hospital

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 3, 2017

Rodrigo Londono, better known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), checked himself into a hospital emergency room in the city of Villavicencio shortly after 8am on Sunday with slurred speech and numbness in his arm, doctors said.

The news came just days after FARC rebels finished handing over all their weapons following the historic peace deal signed by Londono and President Juan Manuel Santos in November.

They said he remains in intensive care as a precautionary measure, but his speech and mobility have already recovered 90 percent from what they described as a temporary blockage of blood to his brain.

Timochenko is "conscious and even made some jokes", said Pastor Alape, a FARC leader.

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Londono, who is in his 50s, has suffered a number of health scares lately, partly the result of a lifetime in jungle trenches.

He previously suffered from heart problems during the peace negotiations and had to undergo surgery in Cuba in 2015, though this only became known in March. "Everything is going well, I also thank the medical staff for their care", Timochenko said in a statement.

The conflict that began when the FARC launched its uprising in 1964 has left 260,000 people confirmed dead, more than 60,000 missing and seven million displaced.

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