Czech president Miloš Zeman rushed to hospital from Lány Chateau

After meeting with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš this morning, the president was taken to Prague's Central Military Hospital.

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Written by ČTK
Published on 10.10.2021 14:32 (updated on 10.10.2021)

President Miloš Zeman has been admitted to Prague's Central Military Hospital once again, though details of the President's condition have yet to be released. Zeman's personal physician Miroslav Zavoral gave a brief statement to the press at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon.

"Shortly after 1:00 p.m., we admitted the President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman to the hospital on my recommendation," Zavoral stated.

"Complications that accompany a chronic illness for which [Zeman] is being treated are the reason for the hospitalization. At the moment, the patient is hospitalized in the intensive care unit of the [Central Military Hospital] and is in the care of experts."

The chronic illness that Zavoral referred to was not revealed, on the basis on doctor-patient confidentiality.

An ambulance with Zeman left the Lány Chateau, the President's residence, shortly after Zeman met with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš at 11:00 a.m.

Zeman's spokesman Jiří Ovčáček wrote on Twitter that Zeman had agreed to be hospitalized today on Zavoral's recommendation.

Central Military Hospital spokesperson Jitka Zinke also stated on the Central Military Hospital website that Zeman's hospitalization was planned.

Ovčáček asked that a sensitive approach be taken to Zeman's hospitalization.

"Everyone can fall ill, and so a humane approach should be taken first of all, along with wishes for quick recovery," Ovčáček tweeted.

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"This is what our faith and conscience tell us to do."

On Friday, the Presidential Office said Zeman has been ill for the past two weeks, which is why he cancelled portions of his upcoming schedule, and preferred to cast his ballot in the general election in a mobile ballot box at the Lány Chateau instead of going to a polling station.

Media and politicians have been speculating about Zeman's condition for several weeks. In September, he spent eight nights in UVN, which his office called a recondition stay for the president to undergo several checkups and infusions. Zeman has stayed at the Lány Chateau, west of Prague, in the days since.

The Presidential Office has repeatedly dismissed speculations about Zeman suffering from serious health issues.

"The president must regain his strength, we must realize that Mr President is 77 years old, and this is the old age in which some ailments simply appear," Ovčáček told Radio Z on Friday.

He said Zeman's health condition in no way restricts the execution of his powers and that Zeman was ready to contribute to forming a new cabinet after the elections.

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Zavoral, who is the director of Prague's Central Military Hospital and Zeman's personal doctor, has been visiting the President regularly.

On Friday, Ovčáček called speculations about Zeman's health issues hoaxes and disinformation. He did not release further details the President's condition.

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