Nechama Rivlin undergoes surgical procedure after lung transplant
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Nechama Rivlin undergoes surgical procedure after lung transplant

President’s wife in stable condition after procedure

President Reuven Rivlin and his wife Nechama cast their ballots at a voting station on the morning of the municipal elections, on October 30, 2018, in Jerusalem. (Mark Neyman/GPO)
President Reuven Rivlin and his wife Nechama cast their ballots at a voting station on the morning of the municipal elections, on October 30, 2018, in Jerusalem. (Mark Neyman/GPO)

Nechama Rivlin, the wife of President Reuven Rivlin, underwent a surgical procedure on Tuesday evening, just over a week after receiving a lung in a transplant operation, a spokesperson for the president said Wednesday.

Rivlin was said to be in stable condition and receiving help breathing, as is normal after such procedures, the spokesperson said in a statement.

Rivlin, 73, suffers from pulmonary fibrosis, a condition in which scar tissue accumulates in the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe. She has usually been seen in public with a portable oxygen tank, including when accompanying her husband at official ceremonies.

Last week she was awake and alert a day after the lung transplant. Doctors at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, where Rivlin is being treated, noted at the time that the early days after a transplant are “critical,” and that she faces a long road to recovery.

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