Panama ex-Pres. Endara Hospitalized for Dialysis

An associate of Panamanian former President Guillermo Endara say he has been hospitalized and is in intensive care for dialysis treatment.

Endara's sister-in-law and spokeswoman Jessy Mae Diaz says the
former president went to a private clinic late Saturday.

Diaz tells RPC radio he lost consciousness Sunday morning and was moved to intensive care.

She says Endara is once again conscious, undergoing "delicate" dialysis treatment and "fighting hard for his life."

The 73-year-old Endara underwent heart bypass surgery in 2004 and also suffers from diabetes and kidney ailments.

Endara assumed the presidency in 1989 after a U.S. invasion that toppled dictator Gen. Manuel Noriega. He served until 1994.

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