Sunday January 13, 2013
Brother: Chavez not in coma, responding well to treatment
CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is not in a coma and is responding well to cancer treatment in Cuba, his brother said Saturday.
Adan Chavez said in a statement that "reports that the president is in a coma and that the family is discussing ending life support are totally false." He added that his sibling was "responding well to his medical care."
Chavez, 58, has not been seen in public for a month, and his scheduled inauguration on Thursday - postponed indefinitely - turned into a mass rally, with thousands of Chavistas joining regional leaders in a show of support for the fiery leftist president.
Chavez underwent cancer surgery in the Cuban capital Havana on December 11, the fourth such operation in the 18 months since his condition was made public. - AFP