Brazil Medical Saga: Neves fights for his life

Neves fights for his life

WE ARE 134 MILLION PRAYING FOR YOU, TANCREDO, read a banner outside Sao Paulo's Heart Institute. Television broadcasts mixed Easter week religious messages with prayers for President-elect Tancredo Neves, 75. In Neves' home state of Minas Gerais, an archbishop led special prayers at a Mass attended by 10,000 people. Outside the institute, hundreds of Brazilians, some weeping, waited for the latest medical bulletin.

For more than three weeks, Brazil has been in a state of suspended animation, while the life of its President-elect has hung in the balance. Only hours before Neves was to be sworn in on March 15 as...

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