Hugo ChÃ¡vez extended stay in a Cuban hospital is because he is in critical condition, according to a report in El Nuevo Herald.
The Venezuelan president, who was last seen in public June 9 and last heard from on June 12, on a phone call with Venezuelan state television, was said to have been treated for a pelvic abscess in Cuba.
During the call ChÃ¡vez said that medical tests showed no sign of any “malignant” illness.
But according to the report in El Nuevo Herald, ChÃ¡vez finds himself in “critical condition, not grave, but critical, in a complicated situation.”
The Miami newspaper cited U.S. intelligence officials who wished to remain anonymous.
ChÃ¡vez silence has led to chatter and speculation in Venezuela that the socialist leader is actually suffering from prostate cancer. Intelligence officials could not confirm a diagnosis of prostate cancer but ChÃ¡vez family did go to Cuba in the last 72 hours, according to wire service EFE.
ChÃ¡vez daughter RosinÃ©s and his mother Marisabel RodrÃguez “urgently” left the country and headed to Cuba in a Venezuelan air force plane.
Cuba’s state media website, Cubadebate, released photos on June 17 that showed ChÃ¡vez posing with Fidel and Raul Castro in his hospital room. ChÃ¡vez smiled for the camera in a track suit, while a frail-looking Fidel clutched ChÃ¡vez arm.
Before the report that ChÃ¡vez was in critical condition, his brother sought to reassure Venezuela that he was recovering well.
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