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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Has Hip Surgery After Breaking Leg Bone

APYeltsin fell on Wednesday morning while staying in a resort town on Sardinia.
Doctors at a Moscow hospital have conducted a hip operation on former President Boris Yeltsin, who fell during a vacation on an Italian island, Russian news agencies said Thursday.

Yeltsin spokesman Vladimir Shevchenko said that doctors had operated on the 74-year-old former president, Interfax reported.

Valery Zolotov, chief doctor at the Moscow hospital where the operation was conducted, said the operation "took place fully satisfactorily."

"Boris Yeltsin is fully awake; his blood pressure and other medical indicators are fully normal. There were no complications during the operation," Zolotov said, Itar-Tass reported.

The reports could not be immediately confirmed, and neither Shevchenko nor doctors could be reached for comment.

Yeltsin fell at around 6 a.m. local time Wednesday while staying at a resort town on the island of Sardinia. Italian paramedics said he broke his femur, or thigh bone.

Yeltsin has kept a low profile since resigning Dec. 31, 1999, appearing only occasionally at tennis tournaments or to greet foreign officials. During the final years of his presidency, he was dogged by health problems, retreating regularly to his country residence outside Moscow and spending days, and sometimes weeks, away from the Kremlin.

In retirement, he has concentrated on health-boosting regimens, traveling to China and other destinations for treatment.