Naomi Campbell hospitalized in Brazil

February 26, 2008 1:06:20 PM PST
Naomi Campbell was hospitalized in Sao Paulo for the removal of a small cyst, her publicist said Tuesday. The 37-year-old British supermodel, a frequent visitor to Brazil who earlier this month celebrated Carnival in the northeastern city of Salvador, was treated at Sirio Libanes Hospital.

"Naomi Campbell was admitted to the hospital last night to have a small cyst removed," Jeff Raymond, Campbell's publicist, said in a statement. "Following the successful procedure, she is now resting and is looking forward to getting back to work. She would like to thank the doctors who have kindly looked after her."

Campbell underwent successful emergency abdominal surgery, gynecologist Jose Aristodemo Pinotti told the Agencia Estado news service.

"I cannot reveal what Naomi had, nor how serious her condition was, but I can say I operated on her yesterday and that she is completely cured," Pinotti said.

He described the procedure as a laparoscopy, in which doctors use a thin, lighted scope to view internal organs.

The hospital said Campbell was admitted Sunday night and added that "the patient and her advisers have determined that the hospital's medical staff will not issue any formal or informal information on her medical condition."

The hospital said David Uip, one of Brazil's leading experts in the treatment of infectious diseases, was also caring for Campbell.

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