Former Cuban President Fidel Castro visits Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez while he is recuperating from surgery in Cuba. The woman sitting between them is unidentified., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
February 22, 2012
President Chávez to undergo surgery in Havana
CARACAS.—President Hugo Chávez of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, announced February 21 that he is about to undergo surgery in Havana, "without any rush and in due time," as he stated in a telephone contact with the "Contragolpe" program broadcast by Venezolana de Televisión.
Chávez underwent a medical check in the Cuban capital on February 18, during which a lesion of close to two centimeters in diameter was detected in the same area from which a tumor was removed in June of last year.
He explained that he would be treated by the same medical team who performed the earlier operation. "Here (in Venezuela), things would have to be activated and implemented. Over there (Cuba), there is more security for this kind of operation. I will have the same doctors, the same equipment and that is going to be better for everyone."
The President stated that he is to continue working with members of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), as well as his ministerial team and the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB).
Chávez confirmed that no metastasis had been found in any organ of his body, as has been rumored, and that he feels physically and spiritually prepared for this new operation.