Thursday, October 6

Doctors plan to discharge Pujol in the coming days due to his “favorable” evolution

The former president of the Generalitat Jordi Pujol remains admitted to the Hospital de Sant Pau after the stroke he suffered on Monday, although the evolution of his neurological condition is “favorable” and the doctors plan to discharge him in the coming days, as reported the medical center.

In a statement to update the state of health of the former president, who suffered a stroke on Monday that affected the part of his brain related to speech, the Hospital de Sant Pau explained that after the treatments and tests carried out on Pujol “there is no detect complications.

The former president has started motor and language rehabilitation, with which he is expected to be discharged from the hospital in the coming days, the medical team added.

The symptoms of the stroke began last Monday around 11 in the morning, when Pujol began to notice speech problems. The stroke code that operates in Catalan hospitals quickly confirmed the affectation due to lack of cerebral blood flow. On Monday afternoon, Pujol underwent an endovascular treatment that managed to recanalize the blood vessel and recover the good flow of the obstructed artery.

The former president has since been admitted to the center’s stroke unit and throughout the week several tests have been carried out to evaluate possible brain injuries.

The one who was president of Catalonia between 1980 and 2003 completely abandoned political life in 2014 after acknowledging that he had hidden part of an inheritance for 34 years in Andorra, the origin of which is being investigated by Justice.

The last public appearance of Pujol, who is 92 years old, was on Thursday at the presentation of a documentary about the former president of the Generalitat Josep Tarradellas, and on Saturday he gave an interview on Catalunya Ràdio. “I have done things well done and others that do not leave me satisfied,” he assured.

For a year Pujol has begun to come out of the public ostracism caused by his confession, in July 2014, that he had kept money without paying taxes in Andorra for decades. According to his version, the money came from his father’s inheritance, the so-called “deixa” of grandfather Florenci. Together with the former president, his seven children and several businessmen from Pujolismo are accused.

The former president is awaiting trial for the origin of the family fortune, which the Prosecutor’s Office links to corruption during his time at the head of the Generalitat. Anti-corruption requests nine years in prison for the former president, whom the State Attorney does not accuse since his tax crimes are already prescribed.

The former president’s wife, Marta Ferrusola, will not go to trial due to the Alzheimer’s she suffers from and which prevents her from answering in court. In any case, the National Court has not yet set a trial date despite the fact that the defense briefs were presented in October last year.

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