JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (BNO NEWS) — Israeli President Shimon Peres underwent successful surgery in Tel Aviv on Friday to treat a hernia which was discovered in his abdomen earlier this week, his spokesman said. He is expected to be released from hospital on Sunday.
The hernia was discovered by Professor Rafael Walden, the personal physician to Peres, during his week-long state visit to Canada. Peres continued with his planned schedule for the visit but immediately underwent surgery at the Sheba Medical Center Tel Hashomer near Tel Aviv when he returned on Friday.
Professor Walden, who oversaw the operation, reported that it was a ‘complete success’ and that Peres is expected to return home on Sunday. The Israeli leader reported feeling well when he awoke from the procedure and has since spoken to family members. He thanked those who wished him well, his spokesman Ayelet Frish said.
Peres, 88, who won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize and is known for his long work days, was elected by the Knesset for a seven year term in 2007. The role of president is largely ceremonial in Israel, but Peres is held in high regard both at home and abroad among Israel’s allies.