Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is suffering more complications linked to a respiratory infection that hit him after his fourth cancer operation in Cuba, his vice president said in a somber broadcast on Sunday.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro flew to Cuba to visit Chavez in the hospital as supporters’ fears grew for the ailing 58-year-old socialist leader, who has not been seen in public nor heard from in three weeks.
Chavez had already suffered unexpected bleeding caused by the six-hour operation on December 11 for an undisclosed form of cancer in his pelvic area. Officials said doctors then had to fight a respiratory infection.
“Just a few minutes ago we were with President Chavez. He greeted us and he himself talked about these complications,” Maduro said in the broadcast, adding that the third set of complications arose because of the respiratory infection.
“Thanks to his physical and spiritual strength, Comandante Chavez is confronting this difficult situation.”
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