Fourth operation for Ramos-Horta

The Royal Darwin Hospital where East Timor's President Jose Ramos-Horta remains …AP via Yahoo! News - Feb 11 11:52 PM
February 15, 2008 06:44pm
EAST Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta was today operated on in Darwin for the fourth time since being shot twice by rebels in Dili on Monday.
The surgery came on the same day Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a lightning visit to Dili to reaffirm Australia's commitment to democracy in East Timor, then visited the wounded president in Darwin.
Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) general manager Len Notaras said the president remained in a serious but stable condition after undergoing a fourth surgery today.
"He is still heavily sedated to allow him to rest and recover," he said.
It is not known how long Dr Ramos-Horta will remain in an induced come but doctors have said it will probably be at least a few more days.
The president was shot twice when rebels attacked him outside his home in Dili on Monday.
He was airlifted to Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) on Monday where he underwent surgery.
Earlier this week, his surgeon, Professor Phil Carson said the president would be left with significant scars but no functional problems and that several more operations were planned.
Mr Rudd said after his visit that he was confident his old friend would pull through.
"He is a fighter, I know the old Jose .... he has got a bit of a fight ahead of him still," Mr Rudd said.