01/20/13 - Fox News - Nicolas Maduro Says Hugo Chavez is Moving into New Phase of Recovery
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolás Maduro said Sunday that President Hugo
Chávez, who is recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba, is coming out of
the postoperative period and "is going to enter a new phase of treatment
that is in the process of evaluation" after going through a "difficult"
Maduro said that Chávez is conscious and "continues stabilizing in every
way, the functioning of his organs, in all his fundamental qualities."
"Sooner than later we're going to have the president here with us," said
Maduro during the interview he gave to journalist and former Venezuelan
Vice President José Vicente Rangel on the private Televen network.
He said that the first postoperative phase was "complicated" and
"difficult," and that the public was informed about it at the proper time.
Maduro said that Chávez is "focused on his treatment, (and) following (his
doctors' advice) in a disciplined manner."
He said the last time he had seen Chávez was on Jan. 14 when he went to
Havana along with Petroleum and Mining Minister Rafael Ramírez, Science
and Technology Minister Jorge Arreaza, Barinas state Gov. Adan Chávez (who
is the president's brother), National Assembly chief Diosdado Cabello and
Attorney General Cilia Flores.
At the time, Chávez who he said displayed his customary good spirits and
energy - asked him to "Relay my thanks to the entire people, to the armed
forces" for their support, Maduro added.
Chávez has been hospitalized in Cuba since he underwent another operation
on Dec. 11 to deal with his recurring cancer, which was diagnosed in
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