Aorta, Richard Holbrooke

December 11, 2010 by USA Post 

Aorta, (Reuters) – Veteran U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke was in critical condition after doctors completed surgery to repair a tear in the aorta, on Saturday, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

Holbrooke, 69, appointed special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan when President Barack Obama took office in 2009, has earned a reputation as a “bulldozer” to help negotiate the 1995 agreement that ended the war Balkans.

The diplomat, who also served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and to Germany twice and was assistant secretary of state, became ill at the State Department Friday and was taken to hospital.

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, which are vessels that carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed, editing by Will Dunham)

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