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Chavez undergoes new successful cancer surgery in Cuba

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves during the proclamation act in Caracas, October 10, 2012.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s medical team in Cuba has successfully completed an operation that targeted an aggressive cancer.

On Tuesday, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said that the “complex operation” which lasted almost six hours and was “correctly and successfully” completed.

Chavez was recovering in Cuba at the delight of many of his supporters. “You have to return, and we’re waiting for you here, your children, we who’ve sworn to be loyal to you even beyond this life,” Maduro added.

Before the operation, medical experts were optimistic on the result of the surgery. Many of Chavez’s allies such as Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa had hoped for a healthy outcome.

The Venezuelan president called on his supporters to back Maduro while he was gone and in case that the operation had failed as Chavez’s replacement.

“He’s passing through one of the hardest moments of his life. Our heart and our solidarity are with a historic president,” Correa said.

Chavez announced the necessary medical procedure, being the fourth round of cancer treatments, on Saturday a day before flying to Havana.

Previous tests had discovered “some malignant cells” in the same area of his pelvic region where cancerous tumors were previously removed.

In late March 2012, the Venezuelan leader began radiation treatment in Cuba after undergoing an operation in February 2012 that removed a second cancerous tumor from his pelvic region. Chavez’s first tumor, which was baseball-sized, was removed in June 2011.

Chavez, who came to power in 1999, was re-elected in October to a new six-year term.



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One Response to " Chavez undergoes new successful cancer surgery in Cuba "

  1. dahszil says:

    I hope this charismatic and compassionate freely elected leader of Venezuela comes through his latest cancer surgery. Chavez is demonized because he won’t play kiss arse to the corporate/military complex of the USA. After the US’s evil doing(e.g. overthrow of Allende in Chile circa 1974 for copper etc) in South America for more than half a century or more, Is it any wonder that South America(exception Columbia)have increasingly freed themselves from US and South American elite’s control? But even in the 2000’s the US tried helping with failed coup de tats on Chavez, Correa, Morales,etc. They have only succeeded by ousting Zelaya, which is bad enough. And Zelaya was ousted because he merely wanted to lift the working people of his country out of misery with a fair wage. Post ww2, USA has become the most aggressive empire, mostly covertly or by backing dictators, for the sake of corporations profits. These US multimillionaires and billionaires are socio and psychopaths. They can never get enough, and will make life miserable and even kill the innocents to get more and more resources and money. Greed is an addiction more destructive to the people of the world than drug addiction.

    It is the corporations and the 1% who run the US government and the gop and dem parties. As all voracious empires the US will devore itself and the world will be a better place and USA will return to being an equal in the world’s family of republics.

    Tariq Ali book says it all: “Pirates of the Caribbean: the axis of hope”


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