Friday, February 29, 2008

Naomi Campbell leaves hospital — in a helicopter

Naomi CampbellBritish supermodel Naomi Campbell has left the Sirio-Libanes Hospital hospital in Brazil where she had a cyst removed in an emergency operation -- in a helicopter to escape the media circus that had gathered outside, according to local reports.

The helicopter airlifted Campbell, 37, from the Sao Paulo hospital to an undisclosed location.

The hospital issued a short statement saying the model had "recovered well" from surgery on Monday to remove the cyst and was healthy enough to leave.

"I can guarantee it is not a case of cancer because a pathologist followed the operation and conducted all the relevant exams," said gynecologist Jose Aristodemo Pinotti, adding, "any possibility of malignity has been removed. I believe she will be completely cured."

The model -- rumored to be dating Brazilian millionaire Marcus Elias -- who was constantly by her side in hospital, had reportedly been uncomfortable with the intense media attention focused on her during her convalescence, with hospital staff saying she had been incredibly rude and ordered the telephone in her room cut off to protect her privacy.

Campbell had arrived at the hospital by helicopter on Sunday night, after flying in from London. The operation took place Monday night.

It is unclear where the cyst was located, but doctors have confirmed a laparoscopy took place - which is used for procedures in the stomach and pelvis.

By Owen Williams, Mar 01 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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