In mid-January he was improving, the infection could be controlled, but he continued with problems of respiratory insufficiency. Afterwards, there was a general improvement, and the doctors along with President Chávez decided to initiate complementary treatments. You know what the complementary treatments are, right? They are chemotherapy that is applied to patients after operations.
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro • Speaking on the condition of his boss, President Hugo Chavez, whose state of health is still relatively clouded in mystery. Chavez is not well, this much is clear — he’s been in intensive medical treatment, and hidden from the public eye since mid-December, battling a cancer with which he was first publicly revealed in 2011. Government officials have publicly stated that Chavez is battling for his life, but in absence of further transparency (a fact which has infuriated his political opposition), they’ve been dogged by reports and speculation of varying credibility of the leader’s death, the latest of which came from CNN Chile this week. source
The head of state continues to assimilate treatment well and his recovery is advancing daily. Information on social networks and in other places, saying the president is in a coma and his family are discussing the supposed disconnection of life support equipment, are totally false.
A press release from Adan Chavez, brother of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez • Decrying rampant speculation, throughout both social and traditional media sources, that his brother’s cancer treatments have left him near-death and unable to begin his new term as President. The health of Hugo Chavez has been the focal point of Venezuelan politics over the last several weeks, with his political opposition demanding more information be made public, and contesting the idea that his inauguration can legally be postponed to allow him more recovery time. Chavez’s inauguration to begin his fourth term was supposed to take place on January 10th, but his Vice President, Nicolas Maduro, read a letter to the legislature confirming that he would not be recovered by that time. Chavez himself hasn’t been seen publicly since December in Havana, Cuba, where he is receiving treatment. source
If Chavez isn’t here by Jan. 10, the constitution establishes that he can be sworn in before the Supreme Court, although it doesn’t specify how or when. The president received unanimous permission from the assembly to be absent, and that is still in effect.
Diosdado Cabello, president of Venezuela’s National Assembly • Discussing the health ills, and the political plans going forward regarding President Hugo Chavez. Cabello is a Chavez confidant, and former army-mate of the ailing leader. He was also just reelected to his position as president of the National Assembly, which is extremely relevant to the moment — should Chavez die or be incapacitated in such a way that he can’t serve his upcoming term, Cabello would be in charge of the process for a new election. Chavez’s political opposition have decried the limited information as to his health in recent weeks. SOURCE
The official version (of Chavez’s health) hides more information than it gives. The vice president himself has promised to tell the truth, whatever it is. Fine, he should tell it. He should tell the whole truth.
Ramon Avelado, head of Venezuela’s opposition Democratic Unity coalition • Insisting, in a press conference, that more information should be made public regarding the health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Chavez, 58, admittedly publicly to his cancer diagnosis in June 2011, but no information has been revealed as to its location, or if the disease has spread. He hasn’t been seen in public since December 11th in Havana, Cuba, where he’s undergoing treatment — a report by a conservative Spanish newspaper suggesting he was close to death today prompted a furious defense and denial by the Venezuelan Vice President. source