After Nine Days in Hospital, Chief Raoni Is Discharged and Returns to Mato Grosso Village

At 90, indigenous leadership in the Xingu region had intestinal ulcers and inflammation in the colon


Chief Raoni Metuktire, 90, left the hospital and returned to his village in the Xingu National Park, in Mato Grosso, last weekend after spending nine days there for a digestive hemorrhage.

He had entered a hospital in Colíder, Mato Grosso, on July 16. His health condition aggravated by anemia, and he had to be admitted to a hospital in Sinop two days later.

Handout picture released by the Mato Grosso State Government showing Indigenous leader Cacique Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapo tribe being visited by Mato Grosso state government representants at the Hospital Dois Pinheiros in the city of Sinop, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, on July 22, 2020. - Raoni, an iconic defender of the Amazon rainforest who is in his 90s, has been diagnosed with two gastric ulcers and an intestinal infection, his medical team at the Dois Pinheiros hospital in the state of Mato Grosso said. But "his clinical condition is improving," they said in their latest update. (Photo by Christiano Antonucci / Mato Grosso State Communication Department / AFP) - AFP

Medical officials diagnosed Raoni with intestinal ulcers and inflammation in the colon. He even received a blood transfusion. His tests for Covid-19 were negative.

Upon leaving the hospital, he thanked people for their care and concerns and, in the language of his people, warned of the risk of "sudden" illnesses.

"Now I am cured, but I wanted to tell you that illness comes any day and attacks someone in our family. I wanted everyone to think about it and be able to like, love, respect each other because we don't know tomorrow," said the chief, before leaving the hospital, in Sinop.

According to Raoni's great-nephew, Patxon Metuktire, the chief's health had started to worsen after the death of his wife, Bekwyjkà Metuktire, on June 23, a victim of a stroke. Since then, Raoni has shown signs of depression.

As a leader of the Xingu region, the chief is known throughout the world for defending the rights of indigenous peoples.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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