WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (Reuters) - Il candidato democratico alle presidenziali Usa Barack Obama questa settimana abbandonerà la campagna elettorale per andare alle Hawaii a trovare la nonna malata, che lo ha cresciuto Lo ha riferito un suio aiutante.
"Recentemente sua nonna si è ammalata e nelle ultime settimane la sua salute è peggiorata tanto da diventare molto grave", ha dichiarato l'aiuta
"Recently his grandmother has become ill and in the last few weeks her health has deteriorated to the point where her situation is very serious," said Obama aide Robert Gibbs.
Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who will be 86 on Sunday, helped raise him along with his mother, Ann Dunham, and his grandfather, Stanley Dunham.
Gibbs would not discuss the nature of her illness.
The candidate is canceling events in Madison, Wisconsin, and Des Moines, Iowa, that had been scheduled for Thursday. He instead will go to an event in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday, then fly to Hawaii to see his grandmother.
He will return to the campaign trail Saturday, Gibbs said.
Obama often makes references to his grandmother on the campaign trail, mentioning that she worked in a bomber assembly plant during World War Two. Later, she worked as a secretary in a bank and was eventually promoted to vice president. She helped put Obama through private school in Hawaii.
"Senator Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has always been one of the most important people in his life," Gibbs said in a statement. "Along with his mother and his grandfather, she raised him in Hawaii from the time he was born until the moment he left for college. As he said at the Democratic Convention, she poured everything she had into him."
In a speech on race he delivered in March, Obama described his grandmother as "a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world."
But Obama also said that his grandmother, who is white, had on occasion mentioned "racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."
Obama's mother died of ovarian cancer when she was 52.
Obama's campaign said his wife, Michelle, would attend events in his place in Akron, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio on Friday.
He is expected to campaign in western states when he returns from Hawaii.
Reporting by Caren Bohan; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Eric Walsh