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October 18, 2021
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Former Youth Minister to undergo transplant in Vienna

Former youth minister Monica Iacob Ridzi, suspected of having incipient leukemia, is awaiting the go-ahead for a bone marrow transplant. Ridzi, who is suffering from “smoldering leukemia,” or ‘preleukemia”, is undergoing treatment at home, having recently been discharged from Bucharest’s University Hospital. She will undergo more specific tests towards a bone marrow transplant, the only procedure that could prolong her life, which means the former minister would most likely spend the upcoming winter holidays in hospital.
In an interview to “Puterea” daily newspaper, Tiberiu Iacob-Ridzi speaks candidly about his wife’s battle with the disease. “She is feeling a bit better than before, given the bone marrow infection she had. Now, she’s taking oral medication. She’s weakened, she’s not feeling very well. Her biggest problem is stress, tiredness, upsets, the entire aforesaid act as aggravating factors. She needs rest and, obviously, she will be undergoing a battery of more complex tests in the upcoming future,” Tiberiu Iacob-Ridzi says. Referring to whether the treatment will carry on in a Vienna hospital, the former minister’s husband says the transplant is rather likely to be made in Vienna.


“This is up to the doctors going to help her. Over there, she will be tended to by a very good haematologist,” Tiberiu Iacob-Ridzi said.

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