Pinochet undergoes emergency angioplasty
Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean dictator whose regime was responsible for widespread killings and other abuses, suffered a heart attack Sunday and underwent an emergency angioplasty that his son said "virtually rescued him from death."
A spokesman for Pinochet said he received last rites, and a doctor treating him described the 91-year-old's heart attack as "life-threatening." A small group of Pinochet supporters, mainly women, arrived at the hospital, some holding portraits of the former ruler, who has been under house arrest and charged with human rights abuses.
Pinochet's younger son, Marco Antonio, said his father had been "virtually rescued from death" with the angioplasty, in which the doctors introduce a catheter to a patient's blocked artery and inflate a small balloon to enlarge it, thus restoring blood flow to the heart.