Hugo Chavez Battles for Life in Cuba

By Circles Robinson

HT archives photo of an athletic Hugo Chavez by Caridad.

HAVANA TIMES — Twenty four days since his last operation to extract cancerous cells, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez “has the same fighting spirit, of strength, with his usual energy and confidence,” said VP Nicolas Maduro upon returning from Cuba to the South American country on Thursday.

Out of the public eye since the December 11th operation in Havana, with no recorded messages broadcast, Chavez has suffered a setback in his recovery process “having confronted complications as a result of a serious lung infection,” informed the Venezuelan government on Friday.

“The infection has caused a situation of breathing insufficiency that has required Chavez maintain a strict medical treatment,” added the press release that did not state whether Chavez was using any life support equipment.

No mention has been made by the Venezuelan authorities as to the success of the operation in Chavez’ battle against cancer or the course of action to follow when the respiratory crisis is resolved.

“The government of Venezuela reiterates its confidence in Chavez’ medical team, which maintains an ongoing monitoring of the evolution of the patient and has acted with the utmost thoroughness with each difficulty presented,” said the press statement.

Maduro sharply criticized the Venezuelan opposition for their speculation as to the true state of Chavez’ health calling it a right-wing necrophilia, “when they long for a disastrous announcement.”

He noted that Chavez’s vital signs are stable despite the respiratory problems “that have affected him seriously”.


13 thoughts on “Hugo Chavez Battles for Life in Cuba

  • February 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Who cares!

  • February 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    The bottom line is that he may die. I feel sorry for him even though I don’t necessarilly like him. He must be afraid of the future because I have the same disease and it looks like it is going to take me out.

  • January 6, 2013 at 6:49 am

    I happen to work at the radiotherapy department where Chavez got his treatment in Havana. I was not personally involved in that, however, as only a few of the most trusted, skilled and experienced physicians and physicists were in. One thing I can garantee: those guys, friends of mine, usually do not make mistakes. In a case like this, you can bet, they did just perfect. If some thing went wrong, it was not their fault. And forgetting tatoos for targetting the zone of the radiation fields is a mistake so big, that not even a beginner would make. It is also a mistake that can not go unnoticed more than one day, as in the second time the technician would find it and report it.

  • January 5, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Do you think those who have observed the commentaries in HT since you came in are simply idiots? Do you want me and everybody to ‘forget’ how much you said about ‘Fidel meeting at the Pearly Gates’ and all? Please.

  • January 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    This is weird. I feel like I am writing to myself. I apologize if I did not express myself more clearly. I DO NOT blame the Cuban doctors. I believe they WILL BE BLAMED given the rumors already swirling regarding the criticisms that they permitted Chavez to use and abuse steroids to maintain a public image of strength at the peril of his recuperation. I was not aware of the other accusation expressed by Griffin above. Finally, the strategy to maintain secret the details of his cancer have only served as fodder for the rumor mills and will only encourage those inclined to engage in a blame game should he die from this cancer.

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