Miami Herald | Monika Leal
• January 1989: Time magazine reports Castro gave up cigar smoking in 1985 because doctors discovered a small malignancy in a lung.
• June 24, 2001: Castro faints as he delivers an outdoor speech in a suburb of Havana. He quickly recovers.
• May 2003: Witnesses say Castro collapsed as he exited an inauguration event in Buenos Aires for Argentine President Nestor Kirchner.
• January 2004: Luis Eduardo Garzon, the mayor of Bogot�, says Castro ‘‘seemed very sick’’ following a meeting with him during a vacation in Cuba.
• May 2004: Dr. Eugenio Selman Housein, Castro’s physician, says, ‘‘He is formidably well,’’ and is healthy enough to live at least 140 years.
• October 30, 2004: Castro fractures his knee and arm after falling at the end of a televised public speech in the central province of Santa Clara.