Brazil's Niemeyer getting worse, doctors say

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Associated Press

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 3:02 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The hospital that's treating famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer says the 104-year-old has gotten worse.

Rio de Janeiro's Samaritano Hospital says Niemeyer is suffering from kidney failure, aggravated by bleeding in the digestive tract, which has been brought under control.

In a statement Monday, the hospital said he is now breathing with the aid of machines, although he remains lucid.

Niemeyer was hospitalized on Nov. 2 after a cold he caught several weeks ago led to dehydration, which compromised his kidneys. After steadily getting better, Niemeyer took a sudden turn for the worse last week when he experienced the bout of bleeding in his digestive tract.

Niemeyer designed much of Brazil's futuristic capital Brasilia, as well as Rio's Sambadrome, where the city's annual carnival parade is held.

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