Colombia Vice-President German Vargas on Tuesday announced he will undergo brain surgery to remove a benign tumor.
Vargas’ health issues became public a week ago when he collapsed while speaking at a public event near the city of Bucaramanga.
Tests revealed the vice-president has a benign tumor in his brain that will soon be removed, he revealed on Twitter.
En fecha por definir con mis médicos me será practicada cirugía para tratarme Meningioma benigno. Por lo pronto continúo con agenda diaria
— Germán Vargas Lleras (@German_Vargas) December 8, 2015
After a week of absence, Vargas continued his tour through the country to inaugurate public works, saying that while doctors define a date for the surgery, he will continue working.
Initially, the vice-president’s office said that an “excessive workload” added to the benign tumor had caused his collapse last week.
Vargas, a member one of the country’s political dynasties, is widely believed to be running for president in 2018.