Venezuela Reports Hugo Chavez's "Slow" Recovery

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"The bleeding suffered during the operation was controlled in a timely manner and the patient has responded favorably to medical care," the statement adds. "Recovery of his general and vital conditions has been slow but progressive."

[Global: Venezuela]

President Hugo Chavez's suffered bleeding that was eventually controlled after his cancer surgery in Cuba on Tuesday, and continues a "slow but progressive recovery" the Venezuelan government says in a statement today.

The statement also notes that the president "has talked to his closest relatives..." and sent greetings to Venezuelans through his science and technology minister, Jorge Arreaza.

"The bleeding suffered during the operation was controlled in a timely manner and the patient  has responded favorably to medical care," the statement adds. "Recovery of his general and vital conditions has been slow but progressive."

Some media accounts report that the recurrence of cancer just over a year after an initial treatment is a sign of its seriousness.

His "medical team indicates that the patient is successfully recovering given the complex nature of this kind of surgery, as well as its duration" reads the statement. The operation reported last for six hours, according to some media accounts.

"The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela invites the Venezuelan and all the goodwill women and men in the world to continue holding acts of solidarity with our president which have undoubtedly helped to make him stronger in this difficult situation," concludes the statement.



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