Former Polish president hospitalized

June 9, 2011 at 10:32 AM
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GDANSK, Poland, June 9 (UPI) -- Former Polish President Lech Walesa has been hospitalized in his home city of Gdansk with a high fever, officials said.

Walesa's health has been a matter of concern for some time and in 2007 he said he was in line for a heart transplant, the news.pl reported Thursday. Doctors in the United States implanted a pacemaker in the former Solidarity leader in 2008.

Walesa's heart problems mean any infection is a potential threat to his life, the report said. He was hospitalized Wednesday.

"Doctors are trying to eliminate the temperature, and make a diagnosis," said Jerzy Borowczak, a member of Parliament and a close friend of the 67-year-old former labor leader and president. "Everything is alright with his heart."

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