Admitted to the hospital for a state of great weakness a week ago, the famous Brazilian cacique Raoni Metuktire obtained permission from his doctors on Saturday to leave the establishment and return to his village.
Raoni was scheduled to take an official plane from the government of Mato Grosso, in the center-west of the country, at around 1 p.m. local time (6 p.m. local time) to reach his community of Metuktire, Dois Pinheiros Hospital in Sinop announced. State of Mato Grosso.
90-year-old Chief Kayapo was treated there for gastric and intestinal ulcers. “He still feels a little weak because he is finishing his convalescence but he is strong enough to continue to lead his people,” said doctor Douglas Yanai, one of the eight specialists who treated Raoni.
Weakened since the death of his wife
“I would like to thank all those who supported me (..), who took care of my health during all these days. Now I am healed, ”Raoni said during a brief press conference at the hospital, where he appeared in a wheelchair and was thin. On Thursday, his medical report mentioned a colonoscopy that revealed the presence of new ulcers and inflammation of the colon. The hospital discharge was initially postponed indefinitely.
Raoni had been very weakened since the death on June 23 of his wife Bekwyjka, his companion and counselor for over 60 years, following a stroke. He was admitted eight days ago to Colider hospital, also located in the state of Mato Grosso, before being transferred on July 18 to a better equipped establishment in Sinop.