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.
On December 12, Vice President Rafael Ramirez and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello returned home from Cuba.