Written by Natán Calzolari
Tranlated by Louella Mahabir
On December 27, 2011, the Casa Rosada revealed that Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was suffering from a papillary thyroid carcinoma in the right lobe of her thyroid gland. The cancerous growth had been detected during a routine checkup on December 22.
During the following days, the most important newspapers reported [es] on this subject (many of whom made it a headline) and explained [es] that the operation would take place on January 4, 2012; a day after, vice president Amado Boudou would act as President for the following 20 days.
Many users reacted to the news on social networks by showing their affection for the President and wishing for her recovery using the hashtag #FuerzaCristina [es] (Be Strong Christina), which quickly turned into a trending topic on Twitter. Also, hours after the operation, a group of active Kirchner supporters gathered in front of the Austral Hospital, where the operation was scheduled to take place, as reported by the daily La Nación [es].
"Me parece un delirio la vigilia, pero deseo q esto que le pasa a la Presidenta sea sólo un mal momento y que pase rápido" #FuerzaCristina
This vigil seems mental to me, but I wish that this is but a bad moment for the president and that it will blow over soon.
Sea cual sea tu identidad política, es nuestra Presidenta… #FuerzaCristina.