A “nightmare” had come to an end for him, the 86-year-old wrote in a statement. “I am finally home after 45 long days and my return has warmed the hearts of our extended family. An incredible feeling, a great relief.”
“It was an agonizing and difficult time, but after dark I won again,” continued the leader of the ruling Forza Italia party. “Thanks to God and all of you I have never felt alone and have continued to find hope and confidence. The nightmare is over and after reading the many congratulations I have received I would like to thank everyone who gave me a loving thoughts,” emphasized Berlusconi. Numerous politicians, including Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, wished Berlusconi a speedy recovery after the long hospital stay.
Berlusconi was hospitalized in early April. He was treated in the intensive care unit for twelve days because of chronic leukemia and pneumonia. He was then able to leave the intensive care unit and be transferred to a normal ward.
Berlusconi shaped Italian political life for decades. The right-wing populist and media entrepreneur was Prime Minister of Italy four times from 1994 to 2011 with interruptions.
He has been in poor health for years. At the end of 2020 he fell ill with Corona and pneumonia. In the years before he had to be hospitalized for a urinary tract infection. In 2016 he underwent heart surgery.