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Voice of America 25 Jul 2020

Brazil Indigenous Leader Discharged from Hospital

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Chief Raoni Metuktire, an Indigenous leader who has become a symbol of the fight for Indigenous rights and preservation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, has recovered from an illness after being hospitalized for 10 days, a doctor said Saturday.

Raoni had been taken to a private hospital in Sinop, a city in Mato Grosso state in western Brazil, from his home in the Xingu Indigenous reservation after suffering diarrhea and dehydration, said his great-nephew, Patxon Metuktire.

Raoni, the nearly 90-year-old Kayapó ethnic leader, had tested negative for the new coronavirus.

Dr. Douglas Yanai said Raoni was formally discharged Saturday and later left the hospital after logistics for his trip home were arranged.

(AP)


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