The business magnate and former Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, remains admitted to the intensive care unit of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan (north) with a stable prognosis, although has asked to return home.
Doctor Alberto Zangrillo, Silvio Berlusconi’s regular doctor, admitted this Saturday that the former Italian prime minister suffers from a “serious pathology” and is in a “difficult” situation but noted that “is responding well to treatment.”
“I am serene, Berlusconi responds well to treatment. Above all because we are doing our best. I have a patient in front of me who is also a great friend, I cannot deny it, there is a great personal involvement,” said the doctor at the exit from the San Raffaele hospital in Milan (north), where the politician remains admitted to a care unit intensive.
Since his hospitalization last Wednesday, the medical team had only published a medical report confirming that Berlusconi, 86, has suffered from leukemia for some time and is hospitalized to treat “a lung infection.”
On Friday, Berlusconi called the director of the newspaper the dailyAugusto Minzolini, whom he assured “It’s hard, but I’ll get out of this.” “I have always managed to get out of difficult and delicate situations”he added in the phone call, according to the newspaper editorial.
For his part, the coordinator of the Forza Italia party and Foreign Minister, Antonio Tajani, acknowledged that Berlusconi would have liked to return home but admitted that he needed to continue under medical observation.
In the last hours he has also received a visit from his friend and political partner Gianni Letta: “It’s better than you think”he told the journalists who stand guard outside the hospital.
Berlusconi, 86, was admitted last Wednesday and this Thursday a medical report was issued confirming that he has suffered “chronic myelomonocytic leukemia for a long time”, treated with light chemotherapy because it has worsened in recent months. and is hospitalized “to treat a lung infection.”
Outside the hospital a banner has been placed: “Come on, Silvio, Monza is with you”, signed by the fans of the football club he owns.
During his entry, Berlusconi has also called the leaders of his party and allies in the Government, such as the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni and the Vice President and Minister of Infrastructure, Matteo Salvini.
He is also accompanied by his family at the hospital and has received the president of his media empire, Mediaset, Fedele Confalonieri, who said: “There is concern but we are optimistic.”
Berlusconi had already been hospitalized at San Raffaele last week for what were described as “medical checks”, but his conditions were not considered worrying. Over the years, Berlusconi has experienced successive hospitalizations: one of the most recent, in January 2022, was necessary for a urinary infection.