PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti's President Michel Martelly said Wednesday that he's feeling better as he recovers in Miami from a blood clot in his lung.
The 51-year-old leader looked cheerful as he spoke on camera in a message posted on YouTube and aired on local radio even though he said his life had been at risk.
"It's a complication that could've cost me my life," Martelly said.
"But lucky for me God knows that 'tet kale' can't weaken," he added, using the Haitian Creole phrase for "bald head" — his campaign nickname. "He saved me."
Martelly said he would be ready to return to Haiti within 10 days, but gave no other details about his return after his treatment by Haitian doctors in Miami.
"Today we're waiting for authorization from the medical team that will allow us to take a plane to return home," he said.
Martelly flew to Miami on April 16 after he complained of chest pains. His office said doctors diagnosed him with a blood clot that stemmed from an earlier operation on his right shoulder. The surgery was apparently needed because of pain to his arm from years of performing as a musician.
Doctors performed a similar operation on his left shoulder in November, also in Miami.
Martelly spent more than two decades performing under the stage name as "Sweet Micky" before he turned to politics. Next month, he completes the first year of his five-year presidential term.