The doctors of Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito were considering the medical options available to combat his potentially dangerous circulatory illness on Tuesday (15 January).
GV: Ljubljana Hospital where Yugoslav president Tito has undergone surgery. (4 shots)
GV & SV: Streetscenes (2 shots)
SV: People buying newspapers at new???stands. (3 shots)
GV ZOOM: Tito's hunting lodge at Brdo
SV: Tito with guests at reception
SV ZOOM OUT: Tito and guests seated at banquet table and Tito toasting with guests. (2 shots)
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Background: The doctors of Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito were considering the medical options available to combat his potentially dangerous circulatory illness on Tuesday (15 January). The 87-year-old Yugoslav leader was resting in hospital at Ljubljana in the north of the country, after an operation on his left leg failed to dislodge an arterial blockage. Doctors said the president withstood the weekend surgery satisfactorily, despite his age. But there was mounting concern over the strain likely to be involved if his eight-man medical team decided to carry out a second and possible more complex operation. The doctors gave no hint of their intentions in a tense medical bulletin which said President Tito's general state of health was good but an attempt to by-pass a clotted artery had provided only temporary relief.
SYNOPSIS: President Tito is recuperating in this clinic in Ljubljana, and his medical repot leaves all options open. His condition described as good his constitution as robust and his recovery as satisfactory. But the operation did not show the hoped for success. The cautious optimism of the President's first medical reports seems gone It has been replaced by mounting anxiety of a nation already deeply worried about its future without the charismatic marshal.
Reports say the mood in the country varies with President Tito's state of health and the international situation.
His deputies of state and party have gathered at President Tito's hunting lodge at Brdo, some 30 kilometres north of Ljubljana. President Tito's last public appearance was at the lodge.
The occasion was a luncheon for two foreign medical specialists -Professor Michael De Bakey of the United States and Soviet Professor Marat Kniazyev. The two initially examined the President. Mr De Bakey and mr Kniazyev are both prominent specialists in heart and circulatory conditions, they were guests with eight other Yugoslav professors at president Tito's hunting lodge on 6 January. The luncheon was widely published in Yugoslavia's media. Meanwhile Mr De Bakey has returned to the United States, but there is speculation that he is still being consulted about President Tito's health.