Silvio Berlusconi, 86 years old and suffering from leukemia, was hospitalized on Friday June 9 in Milan for check-ups, the date of which has been brought forward, his doctors announced.
The former Italian Prime Minister “is currently hospitalized at the San Raffaele for scheduled examinations” related to his leukemia, said doctors Alberto Zangrillo and Fabio Ciceri in a press release, adding that this hospitalization “is not related” an urgent situation or an acute problem.
“These checks were already planned, they were simply anticipated by a few days”specified for his part Antonio Tajani, vice-president of the Council and number two of the Forza Italia party, quoted by the Askanews agency.
Silvio Berlusconi left San Raffaele hospital on May 19 after spending 45 days there. He had been admitted there due to a state of weakness linked to a lung infection, but his doctors had revealed that he suffered from chronic leukaemia.
Nicknamed “the immortal” for his longevity in politics and one of the richest men on the peninsula, with a fortune valued by Forbes at 6.4 billion euros, Silvio Berlusconi has been hospitalized several times in recent years.
In January 2022, he had stayed at San Raffaele Hospital for a urinary tract infection. The previous April, he had also been hospitalized for more than three weeks for “Covid-19 sequelae” which he contracted in September 2020.
He also underwent major open-heart surgery in 2016, then an operation due to an intestinal obstruction in the spring of 2019. In 1997, he had been operated on for a malignant tumor in the prostate.