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Indigenous chief Raoni Metuktire, one of the Amazon rainforest's best-known defenders, is "stable" after receiving a blood transfusion in hospital, his institute said Sunday.

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Raoni, a chief of the Kayapo people in northern Brazil, has been hospitalized since Thursday for weakness, shortness of breath, poor appetite and diarrhea.

"The chief has a stable condition after receiving a blood transfusion," the Raoni Institute said.

The institute, which is the Kayapo tribe's official environmental protection organization, said Raoni is undergoing tests to determine the nature of the "digestive bleeding" suspected to be causing his discomfort.

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Raoni first was transferred to the Santa Ines Hospital in the small town of Colider in Mato Grosso state. The hospital said he was likely suffering from a digestive hemorrhage.

He was tested for COVID-19, and the results came back negative.

Raoni, now in his 90s, then was transferred to Dois Pinheiros Hospital in the city of Sinop on Saturday due to weakness and a worsening condition.

Dois Pinheiros said it would run tests to see if Raoni might be suffering from a gastric ulcer, estimating that he would remain at the facility "at least three days."

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