Press Esc to close
Saturday 31 January 2015
News updated at 5:01 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28°C
Min : 17°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Chavez has just months to live: Doctor

Mexico City, Dec 11, 2012 (IANS/RIA Novosti)

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has just months to live, a Venezuelan doctor said Tuesday.

Venezuelan doctor Jose Rafael Marquina, who is based in the US and is known for his accurate prognoses on Chavez’s health, told RCN radio that Chavez has "between two and three months to live".

“The disease has entered an aggressive stage. He has metastases in the lumbar area, compressing nerves around the lumbar area of his backbone, which may lead to paralysis,” said Marquina, who claims to have access to first-hand sources and information about the president’s health.

Chavez announced on national television late Saturday that he was flying to Cuba for new cancer surgery, and named Vice-President and Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro as his possible successor.

Chavez, 58, who has ruled Venezuela for 13 years, underwent three operations for cancer and four courses of chemotherapy in Cuba and Venezuela within a year.

He said that recent tests had revealed malignant cells. Chavez, who was re-elected for another six-year presidential term in October, said the pain he felt were due to strain during the election campaign and radiation therapy treatment, adding that surgery was vital, and an illness like this always carried risk.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A visitor takes a 'selfie' in front of an exhibit titled 'Circle Uncircled' by artist Rahul Kumar...

A visitor takes a 'selfie' in front of an exhibit titled 'Circle Uncircled' by artist Rahul Kumar...

A tightrope walker is silhouetted against the setting sun as she holds a balancing pole...

A tightrope walker is silhouetted against the setting sun as she holds a balancing pole...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his death...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his death...

President Pranab Mukherjee paying tributes to father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi...

President Pranab Mukherjee paying tributes to father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi...

Lawyers stop a train at Moradabad Railway Station on Friday during a protest demanding...

Lawyers stop a train at Moradabad Railway Station on Friday during a protest demanding...

An elderly woman and a boy stand outside their house with walls damaged in alleged firing from...

An elderly woman and a boy stand outside their house with walls damaged in alleged firing from...

New recruits of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) take oath during a graduation ceremony...

New recruits of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) take oath during a graduation ceremony...

A groom leads his horse in the equine pool after working out on the track, during early morning...

A groom leads his horse in the equine pool after working out on the track, during early morning...

A handler bathes a horse after a training session ahead of the Indian Derby in Mumbai...

A handler bathes a horse after a training session ahead of the Indian Derby in Mumbai...

Ladakhi women offering prayers during the inauguration of traditional Buddhist prayer...

Ladakhi women offering prayers during the inauguration of traditional Buddhist prayer...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523