Skip to comments.BBC: Castro 'worse after failed ops' ~ after three failed operations, a Spanish newspaper says.
Posted on 01/16/2007 9:46:04 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in a serious condition after three failed operations, a Spanish newspaper says.
President Castro - who has temporarily handed power to his brother Raul - is suffering from a serious intestinal infection, the report in El Pais says.
It cites medical sources at a Madrid hospital whose top surgeon travelled to Cuba in December to examine Mr Castro.
In Cuba, there has been no public indication of any deterioration in Mr Castro's condition, correspondents say.
On Monday, an unnamed Latin American diplomat told the Reuters news agency that "Fidel has problems with his stitches healing".
He is reportedly being fed intravenously.
There has been considerable speculation about the health of Cuba's 80-year-old leader since he underwent urgent intestinal surgery in July.
He has not been seen in public since then, and in December he missed a massive military parade in Havana marking 50 years since his return from exile.
In his New Year message, he said he was recovering slowly from the surgery, but said it would be a "long process".
The report in El Pais, if confirmed, is the first detailed account of Mr Castro's recent health problems.
The Cuban leader is said to be suffering from diverticulitis, a condition which causes bulges in the walls of the intestine that may become inflamed and infected.
According to the Spanish publication, Mr Castro has had surgery on his large intestine three times.
In the first operation - performed after he suffered intestinal bleeding and peritonitis - part of his large intestine was removed and his colon was connected to the rectum to avoid a colostomy.
But this failed and faeces were released into Mr Castro's abdomen, causing another peritonitis.
Mr Castro then underwent a second procedure to clean and drain the infected area. This also failed according to the sources quoted by El Pais, again because the wounds did not heal properly.
A prosthesis was implanted during a third surgical intervention, but it did not work and had to be replaced.
El Pais says that when a Spanish surgeon visited in December, Mr Castro had an abdominal wound which was releasing more than half a litre of fluids a day, causing a serious loss of nutrients.
The surgeon, Jose Luis Garcia Sabrido, said at the time the Cuban president did not have cancer, as rumoured, and was making a steady recovery.
On Tuesday, his secretary told the Reuters news agency the doctor had not changed his outlook.
The authorities in Havana have said Mr Castro's health is a state secret, but have rejected speculation that he is suffering from cancer or a terminal illness.
But, but, but ... how can this be? Cuba has the best medical care in the world, all my leftie professors said so.
Time to start a pool?
I pick 2 weeks from today.
I hope no one got him a subcription to a magazine for Christmas.
Cool. Sounds like sepsis.
Couldn't think of him dying in a better way --- rotting from inside-out --- smelling his own decaying body eat itself.
Very painful, too! Yea!
Once again, I am deeply, DEEPLY saddened. I hope he's suffereing in deep, deep pain.
Roast in hell Fidel.
Seems as though the Good Lord has given El Commandante the ideal affliction.
Maybe they could draw blood and vital organs from a capitalist lowlife for the Fur_hers functioning!
He will be missed - by Dan Rather.
So, he's full of it. It is his true nature revealing itself.
The search function really sucks....at least four other articles posted before this.....check the keyword Castro....
Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
His colon is leaking, so Castro is literally full of you-know-what.
The same can and does happen in our supposed superior health care system.
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