Indonesia’s First Lady Ani Yudhoyono departed Indonesia on Tuesday to undergo surgery at a hospital in the United States, the president said.
The first lady will be treated for an issue with the nerves in her neck at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Hospital, presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told reporters in a press conference that a team of presidential doctors suggested the first lady seek treatment in the US.
“She has this nerve problem in her neck. The presidential doctors have recommended that she undergo surgery at a hospital in Pittsburgh, the United States, because it has experts experienced in treating of such diseases,” Yudhoyono said.
Both the president and the first lady have routinely sought medical treatment for their health problems at Indonesian hospitals, Yudhoyono said. But this particular surgery could not be conducted by surgeons here, he explained.
“Ibu Ani and a small entourage will depart to Pittsburgh this afternoon; she will undergo the surgery on June 15,” the president said.
Yudhoyono will fly to Pittsburgh on June 16 with a larger entourage to meet the first lady before the couple head to Mexico for a G-20 Summit and then to Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
The president will then end his Latin America tour with a visit to Ecuador.
“It happens to be along the same route. I will pick her up at the hospital on June 16, and after that she will accompany me for the G-20 and Rio summits,” Yudhoyono said.
This is the third time Ani was admitted to the hospital in the past year. In late 2011, the first lady was admitted to Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in Jakarta with typhoid fever. In March, Ani was back in the same hospital to have her gallbladder removed.
Ani has been complaining about a problem with her neck for some time, Julian said.
The first lady was accompanied by her youngest son, Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono. Her entourage included the chief presidential doctor Aris Wibudi.