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Cardinal O’Brien gets pacemaker

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland has had a pacemaker fitted following recent heart problems.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien was fitted with the device under local anaesthetic at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The 70-year-old, who suffers from a heart murmur, had experienced dizzy spells in recent weeks and fainted prior to Palm Sunday mass.

Peter Kearney, spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland, confirmed that Cardinal O’Brien had been admitted to hospital.

“He does suffer from a heart murmur which he has had since his twenties and on medical advice had a pacemaker fitted under local anaesthetic this afternoon,” he said.

Full story at BBC Scotland.

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