The wife of Brazil’s embattled former
president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was
declared brain dead on Thursday, doctors in
Sao Paulo said.
“An absence of blood flow in the brain was
identified,” doctors at the Sirio-Libanes
The family of Marisa Leticia Lula da Silva, 66,
had authorized the donation of her organs
and “procedures were begun for the
donation,” the hospital said in a statement.
Lula’s family issued a statement thanking
supporters for “all the expressions of
sympathy and solidarity.”
Da Silva had been hospitalized since January
24 with a brain haemorrhage due to a
ruptured brain aneurism.
A minute of silence was held in the lower
house of Congress in the capital of Brasilia.
Da Silva — whose husband is universally
known as Lula — was first lady from 2003 to
Although Lula left power with sky high
ratings and taking credit for Brazil’s
economic boom, his legacy has been badly
tarnished by a subsequent recession and a
string of corruption charges last year in which
his wife was also indicted.
Both Lula and his wife denied any