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March 2, 2013
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
16:23 // 1 year ago
February 15, 2013
New pictures of Hugo Chavez surface: Months after leaving the spotlight again due to another cancer-related operation in December, the Venezuelan president is shown reading a copy of the Cuban state newspaper. He’s currently in a Havana hospital undergoing ongoing treatments. This is the first time Chavez has been seen or heard from in two months. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)
11:00 // 1 year ago
January 26, 2013
Vice President (Nicolas) Maduro estimates that the time it could take President Chavez to return is within weeks. But we haven’t wanted to fix an exact timeframe for the president’s recuperation.
Venezuelan Information Minister Ernesto Villegas • Speaking on the health of re-elected, yet still not inaugurated Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. For weeks, the state of Chavez’s poor health (he’s been undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba, and has not been seen in public since December) has become a hotly contested political issue. Today, Villegas announced that Chavez had bested a respiratory ailment, and read a government statement claiming his “general evolution is favorable.” source
20:28 // 1 year ago
August 17, 2011
July 1, 2011
Well, that’s no laughing matter. The Venezuelan leader — adored in some corners, criticized in others — finally made a statement on his bizarre leave of absence in the country he leads. He hasn’t just been hanging with Fidel Castro for kicks, guys. There was some real stuff going on. Cancerous cells, surgery, the whole bit. His vice president, Elías Jaua, says that he could stay out of the country for as long as six months, but he won’t take over his job in the meantime. So what does that mean for the country he leads? source
14:01 // 2 years ago