By Alex Kennedy | Bloomberg
Cuban President Fidel Castro’s health is in a “delicate situation,” Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said after a Spanish newspaper reported Castro was in serious condition following three surgeries on his large intestine.
“There was a serious complication,” Chavez, a key ally, said in a televised speech tonight in Caracas. “He’s been in a delicate situation. We ask God for Fidel’s recovery.’‘
Castro, 80, had operations for diverticulitis, which was complicated by infection, worsening his condition to peritonitis, El Pais reported yesterday on its Web site, citing unidentified medical officials at Madrid-based Gregorio Maranon hospital. Doctors were unable to stop the infection, the report said.
Jose Luis Garcia Sabrido, chief surgeon at the hospital, visited Castro while traveling to Havana last month, according to the report. The current prognosis is very serious, and Castro is being fed intravenously, the report said.
“Some are saying Fidel has died,’’ Chavez said. “Well, everyone dies some day.”
There was no immediate response to calls made by Bloomberg after business hours to the head of Cuba’s official newswire.