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Berlusconi will take weeks to recover, says his doctor

world Updated: Dec 14, 2009 14:15 IST

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was attacked yesterday following a political rally in Milan, will need at least a couple of weeks to make a "full recovery", his doctor has said.

Berlusconi is currently under observation at Milan's San Rafaelle Hospital where he was admitted yesterday, after being hit in face and knocked to the ground by a 42-year-old man "with a history of mental illness".

The Prime Minister's doctor Alberto Zangrillo has said it would take at least a few weeks for Berlusconi to make a "full recovery" as his nose and two teeth were broken in the attack, and he had also lost a lot of blood.

Dr Zangrillo said 73-year-old Berlusconi had to undergo a CT scan in the hospital but did not yet require any surgery. He said the Prime Minister could be kept in hospital for as long as 48 hours.

"He suffered a big trauma to his face with two evident wounds on the upper lip, one external and one internal which needed surgical suture," he was quoted by the media as saying.

Television footage yesterday showed the Prime Minister and media mogul with blood splattered across his mouth. He was bundled into a car by aides and immediately rushed to Milan's San Rafaelle Hospital with visible cuts around his mouth.

"I'm fine, I'm fine," Berlusconi was quoted as saying by the 'ANSA' news agency as he left the emergency room. It also reported that Berlusconi had told one visitor later that it was "miraculous" he didn't lose an eye in the attack.

Meanwhile, the police have charged the attacker with aggravated assault for hurling a miniature replica at the PM.