Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the former president of Mali, has been hospitalized after suffering a brief stroke-like attack.
A doctor confirmed this incident on Wednesday, September 2, after the 75-year-old Keita was admitted to a private clinic in the capital Bamako on Tuesday evening.
The doctor said, “According to thorough analysis, the president was the victim of a transient ischaemic attack. It is an alert, but he is recovering well at the moment.”
A transient ischaemic attack, otherwise referred to a mini-stroke, happens when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted for a few minutes, causing stroke-like symptoms such as numbness on one side of the body, vision difficulties, or confusion in understanding speech.
Experts say that although the symptoms are typically short-lasting, they are often a warning sign for future strokes.