CNN’s Heidi Collins interviewed that son of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani this morning on CNN Newsroom. Transcript follows…
HEIDI COLLINS, CNN ANCHOR: We want to get back to the story we’ve been telling you about this morning, the condition of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. A little bit of confusion here coming from Amman, Jordan, where he was taken, and is now. We are hearing from some physicians that apparently he has been transferred to the intensive care unit and that the doctors are telling us a catheter has been inserted into his heart. You may have heard our correspondent on the ground there in Amman, Jordan, Jennifer Eccleston, saying the same thing.
However, we are learning from — according to the Associated Press anyway, that the private doctor and the spokesman of Jalal Talabani are denying those reports that he’s been moved to intensive care in that Jordanian hospital. It’s the King Hussein Medical Center.
So what we want to do bring on Jalal Talabani’s son. This is Qubad Talabani. He is joining us now by telephone from Washington D.C. Mr. Talabani, can you clear this up for us?
QUBAD TALABANI, SON OF IRAQI PRESIDENT: Sure, I’ll be glad to. He has not had a catheter inserted into his heart. His condition, it remains stable and improving. I’ve spoken with him this morning, and I’ve spoken with his medical staff as well. They’re very pleased with the progress that he’s making. Again, his spirits continue to be high, and is improving all the time.
COLLINS: Can you tell us, Mr. Talabani, why he was taken to the hospital in the first place? What was he complaining of?
TALABANI: Well, he was feeling very weak, and the doctors had noticed that his blood pressure had dropped considerably, and they managed — his doctors in Sulamanya and Iraqi Kurdistan, that is, they managed to stabilize his blood pressure. He had been working very hard over the last week or so, and they put it down to fatigue and exhaustion.
But his doctors recommended that he carry out further check-ups in a more advanced medical facility, which is why he was transferred to Jordan, the King Hussein medical facility, which is a state-of-the-art facility. And he has — it’s been more of a precautionary measure, and he’s undergoing continued examination. But he’s — his situation continues to be stable and improving all the time.
COLLINS: OK, very good. That is good to learn from you, certainly.
And I am certainly not a physician, but I can say that I have actually had this process, with a catheter in my heart. And we should let people know, at least in my case anyway, this was to do more testing, diagnostic testing, to find out what is going on with your body. So just to clear that up possibly, a little bit anyway.
What about those report, though, if I could ask you quickly, Mr. Talabani, that we heard over the weekend about the president of Iraq, your father, having a heart attack?
TALABANI: No, he has not had a heart attack. And, again, I just want to state for the record, he has not had a heart attack. He has not had a heart attack. His heart is in very good condition. And all tests indicate that his heart’s functioning normally. He has also had several CT scans carried out, and no abnormality showed up in those scans, and to where his vital organs seem to be functioning well. We’re not concerned about that. I think his stay in Amman remains to be a precautionary measure to ensure that we leave no stone unturned.
COLLINS: All right, very good. Understood. And we so appreciate your time today.
Qubad Talabani from Washington D.C., Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s son, to try and clear up all the information that we’re getting at CNN.