Complex Chavez Recovery
He's battling to survive and recover.
by Stephen Lendman
Major surgery for any reason is daunting. Imagine four times in 18 months for the same illness. On December 11, Chavez underwent it to remove cancerous tissue.
Malignancy reappeared weeks after examination revealed he was cancer free. Post-surgical chemotherapy, radiation, and other treatment now follows.
Hopefully it'll prove effective. He's too important to lose. He's Latin America's most charismatic leader since Fidel Castro. They inspire others to emulate their example.
Castro recovered from his own major gastrointestinal surgery. At the time, false reports pronounced him dead or dying. They were little more than wishful thinking.
Dark forces wanted him eliminated for decades. Even in semi-retirement they want him gone. He recovered well. It took time. It generally does for people in their 80s.
In August, he turned 86. Hopefully he has many productive years ahead. His intellect remains acute. His perceptiveness is keen.
His knowledge of vital issues is impressive. His honesty and integrity are impeccable. His forthrightness is noteworthy. He and Chavez mean so much to so many.
At 58, Chavez is younger. Hopefully his age and inner strength will bring full recovery.
On December 12, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said it began after undergoing six hours of successful surgery. He called the operation "complex."
He said "special treatments" are needed. The post-operative process will be "complicated and difficult," he added.
Chavez is getting the finest care at Havana's Medical Surgical Research Center (CIMEQ). He's in good hands. It's Cuba's best equipped hospital. It provides world-class treatment.
Addressing Venezuelans on national television and radio, Maduro said, "We are talking until dawn about the details of President Chavez's operation.