[News] First Images Released of Venezuela’s Chavez since His Operation

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  First Images Released of Venezuela’s Chavez since His Operation
  (prensa presidencial)

By Ewan Robertson

Mérida, 15^th February 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – The Venezuelan 
government has released the first photographs of Venezuelan President 
Hugo Chavez since his cancer operation last 11 December.

The images show a smiling Chavez lying down in his hospital bed, flanked 
by his two daughters, and reading yesterday’s copy of Cuba’s official 
newspaper Granma. The images were taken for Valentine’s Day, or “the day 
of love and friendship” as it is commonly referred to in Venezuela.

Chavez had not been directly seen or heard from since his operation, 
communicating through government ministers and official documents.

Private media outlets, particularly Spanish papers ABC and El País, had 
been increasingly speculating over the state of Chavez’s health, 
including the publication by El País of a photo purporting to be Chavez 
undergoing treatment, which turned out to be false.

Official sources have recently shown themselves to be optimistic about 
Chavez’s recovery, while repeating that the Venezuelan president is 
undergoing “complex and difficult” treatments, after what was his fourth 
cancer operation in eighteen months.

In an official statement released with the photgraphs, communication 
minister Ernesto Villegas reported that while Chavez had now moved out 
of the post-operatory phase, “Chavez currently breaths through a 
tracheal tube, which temporarily makes it difficult for him to speak”.

Venezuelanalysis.com has translated the full statement below.


The government of the Bolivarian Republica of Venezuela informs on the 
evolution of President Hugo Chavez’s health, following the surgical 
intervention undergone in Havana, Cuba, last 11 December.

After two months of a complicated post-operatory process, the patient 
(Chavez) is conscious, with the integrity of his intellectual functions, 
in close communication with his governmental team and at the head of the 
fundamental tasks inherent to his position.

As was opportunely informed, the respiratory infection which emerged in 
the course of the post-operatory treatment was controlled, although a 
certain grade of (respiratory) insufficiency persists.

Given this circumstance, that is being duly treated, President Chavez is 
currently breathing through a tracheal tube, which temporarily makes it 
difficult for him to speak.

The medical team is applying an energetic treatment for the base illness 
(cancer), which is not exempt from complications.

The patient is cooperating with the treatment and rehabilitation in 
close coordination with his medical team.

The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela thanks the 
Venezuelan people for the love, serenity, maturity and integrity in 
which they have accompanied President Chavez in this battle and invites 
them to continuing praying for his health.

This year, when the bicentenary of the Admirable Campaign is celebrated, 
this example-setting attitude of the Venezuelan people confirms that 
this is about, in effect, the same admirable people who fought with our 
Liberator Simon Bolivar for the cause of independence.

The Bolivarian government ratifies, likewise, its gratitude towards the 
Fidel Castro and President Raul Castro, to the medical team and the 
whole Cuban people, for the love and care offered to our president.

We trust, together with the Venezuelan people and the other peoples of 
the world, that President Chavez will overcome, sooner rather than 
later, these delicate circumstances, to then accompany his people in the 
path to new victories in the construction of the good Homeland.

Long live Chavez!

Venezuelan Ministry of Communication

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