Venezuelan TV said on Thursday night “Our commander is sick because he gave his life for those who don’t have anything” Hugo Chavez seem to be very popular dead or alive, since the mystery of his health keeps causing controversy around the world.
President Hugo Chavez is “battling for his health, for his life” yet a recent poll says nearly three in five Venezuelans believe their president will return to power. The rumors of his poor health circulate the web these weeks. Mr. Chavez has not been seen in public since he had further cancer surgery in Cuba in December and is reported to have a severe a respiratory infection.
Nicolas Maduro, Chávez’s presumed successor, said on television that his boss “is battling there for his health, for his life, and we’re accompanying him.”
On Wednesday, Guillermo Coachez a former Panama ambassador told a Colombian news network that Chavez has been brain dead since December 30th
Guillermo Cochez a former Panama ambassador told news network that Chavez has been brain dead since December 30th and that late last week, he was disconnected from machines that were “keeping him alive.”
Chávez has not spoken nor been seen in public since before his fourth operation in Cuba on 11 December for an unspecified cancer in the pelvic area. The government has previously said Mr. Chavez, now back in Venezuela, is running the country from the hospital.
“News of his death has not been issued due to internal [power] struggles in Venezuela and pressure from the Cuban government,” Cochez claimed. The government says he has been breathing with the help of a tracheal tube after surviving a serious respiratory infection.
Despite speculation by doctors not involved in Chávez’s treatment that it is most likely palliative, designed only to make him more comfortable in his remaining days, many Venezuelans apparently believe – or want to believe – he is on the mend.
On Thursday evening Spanish newspaper ABC made a different claim. The paper said that Chavez was still alive; but that doctors have lost all hope that he can be cured from his serious form of cancer.
Mr Chavez, who has been in office for 14 years, is believed to have cancer in his pelvic area but his exact illness has never been disclosed. He was re-elected for another six-year term in October 2012, but the Supreme Court ruled that his swearing-in could be delayed because of his illness.
Nearly 58% of Venezuelans believed Chávez would recover while about 30% believed he would not return to power and 12.5% said they did not know what would happen. Meanwhile, 1% believed Chávez was never sick.
According to ABC, Chavez was secretly transferred last week to the Caribbean island of La Orchila. The remote island is only inhabited by a few Venezuelan sailors who run a naval base there.
Léon, chief of the Datanálisis polling firm, told Associated Press that the 11 February poll of 1,198 people had an error margin of three percentage points. He said he thought the poll reflected people’s desire not to believe the worst about someone who is dear to them, just as people resisted accepting that a close relative might be dying.
Mr. Maduro, who has been named by President Chavez as his preferred successor, said the treatment was in a “complex and difficult stage.”
“The government has sent permanent messages that President Chávez will return, that he meets with the vice-president for five hours,” Leon noted.
It’s hard to tell if these stories are true. Ever since Chavez was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, the Venezuelan government has been extremely opaque about his health. Since Chavez headed to Cuba on December 10th for his fourth cancer operation in a year and a half, the only medical news that the government has provided to the Venezuelan people is that he has contracted a respiratory infection after surgery and the he temporarily lost his voice, as he must breath through a tracheal tube. Chavez’s health is limited to vague statements issued every week.
“Information is very hard to access right now,” Marquina tweeted on Thursday. “In these difficult hours I offer my human solidarity [with Chavez] and out of respect I will wait for official information,” the doctor added in the early hours of Friday.
On 15 February, the government released four photographs of Chávez lying in a bed in Cuba with his two daughters by his side. They were the only images of him published since early December.