Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez today used Twitter to blow away mounting clouds of speculations around his health conditions, after his third surgery to remove an alleged ‘incurable’ tumor.
“A very good night, my beloved compatriots! I’m here, flying high like a condor! I send you my upmost love! We will live and win,” tweeted Chávez around midnight, in his peculiar communicative fashion.
On Tuesday, Venezuelan doctor Jose Rafael Marquina, believed to be close to the President’s entourage, arose negative conjectures about the Venezuelan President’s health by tweeting that “any kind of intervention in Hugo Chávez case is totally useless, as the disease is diffused throughout the body.”
Mr. Marquina, who defined himself as an “anti-comunist professor,” expert in Medical Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, also added: “The fact that Hugo Chávez has extended tumor necrosis (cellular death) makes the prognosis worse than expected.”
In addition, he questioned a chain of errors in treatment, from wrong chemotherapy to an excess of steroids administration, which could have led to metastasis.
Quoting a Brazilian doctor, a Venezuelan journalist, Nelson Bocaranda, also wrote about “counterproductive treatments” that might have endangered Chávez’ health. WikiLeaks cables recently published revealed that, according to Russian and Cuban doctors, the Venezuelan President has less than two years of life left to live.
Venezuelan Minister of Communication, Isis Ochoa, called the official statements released by the government “transparent”, admitting also that there are some information that have not been yet released “as they are risky from the point of view of the leader’s personal safety, given his enemies speculations.”