Ousted Mali President Keita Evacuates Hospital After Being Treated For Mini Stroke

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Mali’s former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, recently outside in a coup, has left hospital on Thursday, September 4 after being treated for a mini stroke.

A source speaking to AFP said Keita may now head to the United Arab Emirates for further treatment.

A medical source at the private health facility in the capital Bamako where the former president was treated revealed; “Everything is going well. The test results look good”.

A member of Keita’s entourage also told AFP that he had returned home in the evening, adding that;

The United Arab Emirates has agreed to send a medical plane to pick him up though details still had to be worked out.

Keita was forced out of office on August 18 by young military officers who staged an uprising at a base near Bamako before heading into the city, where they seized Keita and other leaders.

Under pressure by the West African bloc ECOWAS, the junta that emerged from the rebellion released Keita on August 27 and returned him to his residence in Bamako, under surveillance.

Keita, 75, was admitted to the private hospital on Tuesday after suffering a transient ischaemic attack – a brief stroke-like attack that, despite resolving within minutes to hours.

This occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted for a few minutes, causing stroke-like symptoms such as numbness on one side of the body, vision difficulties or confusion in understanding speech.

These events are viewed seriously by doctors as they can be a precursor for a full-fledged stroke.

News about Keita’s proposed visit to UAE comes few hours after the head of Mali’s new junta visited him in hospital.

A doctor at the hospital who spoke on condition of anonymity stated;

A delegation from the ruling military, led by Colonel Assimi Goita, visited (the) former president in the clinic.

Relatives of Keita have also confirmed the visit of the delegation of the junta.

The junta has said that Keita is authorised to leave the country for medical care if need be.

Keita was ousted two years into his second five-year term. In the weeks before the coup, he had been struggling with protests fuelled by his handling of a jihadist insurgency and failure to turn around Mali’s floundering economy.