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By Juan Carlos Chavez | Miami Herald

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and his state of health is so precarious that he has trouble feeding, speaking and recognizing people, said a Venezuelan physician who assured El Nuevo Herald that he has access to firsthand sources and information.

“He suffered an embolic stroke and recognizes absolutely no one,” said José Marquina, a respected doctor who in the past has claimed to have direct information about the illness affecting President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.

“The people with a condition of this nature have difficulty eating and, of course, they end up with total deficit in their neurologic capacities.”

Rumors about Castro’s health have circulated consistently in social networks and the media. But the speculations intensified recently, to the point that word spread that he had died and that the Cuban government would make an official announcement to that effect.

Castro was last seen in public in March, during the visit to Cuba of Pope Benedict XVI. Since June, he has not written his opinion columns, called “Reflections.” He did not send any message or congratulation to Chávez for his recent election victory.

Castro is in his home in El Laguito, Havana, receiving constant and specialized medical care, Marquina said. The idea of the Cuban authorities and Castro’s family is to maintain him alive and far from public view, the doctor said.

“He could last weeks like that, but what I can say is that we’ll never again see him in public,” said Marquina in a telephone interview from Naples.

Castro receives no therapy to improve his condition because his neurological state does not allow it, Marquina added. Marquina described Castro’s condition as “very close to a neurovegetative state.”

“He is not receiving artificial respiration and is not connected to tubes, as some have said. What’s probably true is that Castro is being fed through nasogastric tubes,” Marquina said.

He said that the death of patients with this type of clinical picture is generally caused by respiratory complications and irreversible infections.

According to Marquina, the decline in Castro’s health compelled Chávez to fly to Havana on Tuesday, to inquire about his ally’s condition.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on October 21, 2012 by publisher with 3905 total posts


    Hard to believe.

    Why did this ex VP gets to meet with Fidel AND be seen with him in public?

    Why the hell are they on a freaking bus???

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on October 22, 2012 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Marquina’s credibility is shot.




    Maybe this was an internal test of Fidel’s inner circle. Maybe certain people were given misinformation to see who would leak what information and to whom?

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  3. Follow up post #3 added on October 22, 2012 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    “In the article Monday, Castro explains that he chose to stop the opinion pieces of his own accord, not because he was too sick to continue them.

    “I stopped publishing Reflections because it was really not my role to take up pages in our press which are needed for other work the country requires,” he wrote.”


    Fidel. Maybe if you told someone that, there wouldn’t be rumors about your death. I know you want to be talked about so why don’t you communicate with your people?

    Have a little respect AT LEAST for your own people.

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  4. Follow up post #4 added on November 04, 2012 by publisher with 3905 total posts


    “Someone decided that Castro had to reappear. News was leaked to the foreign press in Havana that he had visited the city’s grandest hotel, the Nacional, where he had been seen chatting with staff. The truth was less impressive: Castro, alive but very frail, was driven to the hotel in a wheelchair-friendly minibus, along with his wife and the visiting former vice president of Venezuela, Elias Jaua. A photograph was released of the group inside the vehicle, together with the hotel’s manager, a senior Communist Party member.”

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