Edgar Savisaar taken out medically induced coma

Edgar Savisaar (left) refused to back down as the party's top candidate to make space for Kadri Simson (Postimees/Scanpix)
4/6/2015 12:20 PM
Category: Politics

The Center Party leader Edgar Savisaar has been brought out of his medically induced coma, a doctor at the Tartu University Clinic revealed to ERR News.

According to the doctor, who asked anonymity, Savisaar has been out of coma for some time and is recovering from his life-threatening health condition.

Former prime minister Savisaar was taken to the Clinic in March 19, when he fell critically ill. It was later disclosed that Savisaar was suffering from an acute infection, caused by a streptococcus bacteria, which resulted in a toxic syndrome and blood poisoning. The doctors also revealed that due to an aggressive infection, and to save his life, they had to amputate one of Savisaar's legs above the knee during the operation.

Peep Talving, the surgeon responsible for operating Savisaar at the Tartu University Clinic, told ERR last week that Savisaar's condition will improve substantially enough for a return to work.

Talving, a highly respected doctor and surgeon who has spent a large part of his career working abroad, was optimistic about Savisaar's health and confirmed that his health indicators have improved against all expectations.

If Savisaar recovers and decides to return into politics, he needs to choose whether to carry on as Mayor of Tallinn or take up his seat at the Estonian Parliament. In the last election on March 1, he was elected to the Parliament with a record number of over 25,000 votes.

The Center Party's board decided last week that Kadri Simson will head the party until Savisaar has recovered from serious health problems. The Center Party won 27 seats in the new Parliament.

S. Tambur

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