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Former Panamanian leader Manuel Antonio Noriega has undergone a second operation after suffering a hemorrhage following brain surgery.

General Manuel Antonio Noriega, 83, was critically ill and had been taken back to the operating theatre at the Santo Tomas hospital in Panama City, his daughter Thays said.

He was released from prison in January to allow him to prepare for the operation.

Manuel Noriega was jailed in Panama for murder, corruption and embezzlement.

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Doctors were successful in halting the hemorrhage during the second operation, but the former leader remains in intensive care.

Manuel Noriega suffered from vascular ailments and has been reliant on a wheelchair.

Although he was never the actual president of Panama, General Manuel Noriega was the key figure from 1983 to 1989 – and a key US ally in Central America for four decades.

The former military ruler was jailed following the US invasion of Panama in 1989.

After serving 20 years in the US he was sent to France, where he was sentenced to seven years for money laundering.

Manuel Noriega was convicted in absentia of crimes carried out during his rule and extradited from France to Panama to serve his sentence in 2011.


A team of surgeons in New York have separated twins Jadon and Anias McDonald who were conjoined at the tops of their heads.

The 13-month-olds underwent 16 hours of surgery, and are now undergoing additional procedures to rebuild their skulls.

On October 14, the boys’ mother, Nicole McDonald, wrote on Facebook that she is excited but “aches with the uncertainty of the future”.

Nicole McDonald also posted a photo of Jadon alone in his own hospital bed.

Image source Nicole McDonald Facebook

Image source Nicole McDonald Facebook

“I actually asked why they rearranged the room because I hadn’t really internalized the idea that there would be two beds in here,” she wrote with the photo, also wishing her son a “happy rebirth day”.

In an earlier post, Nicole McDonald wrote: “It’s a bit surreal to sit here and type this… I should feel so happy… TWO SEPARATE BABIES!!!…and yet I ache with the uncertainty of the future.”

The boys were born with shared blood vessels and brain tissues, a very rare condition that occurs once in about 10 million births, doctors say.

Dr. James Goodrich from Montefiore Medical Center, who has performed similar operations for other children including two Syrian twins earlier this year, prepared for the operation by creating 3D models of the attached heads.

The McDonalds moved house with their two-year-old son and twin boys from Chicago to New York to be closer to Montefiore hospital.

The twins’ family has raised more than $100,000 for the costs of surgery.