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Doctor: “Castro Cancer Free, Ready To Govern”

From a joyous Reuters:

Castro cancer free, could govern again: doctor

Tue Dec 26, 2006

By Andrew Hay

MADRID (Reuters) – A Spanish surgeon who has just examined Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Tuesday he is making a good recovery from intestinal surgery, does not have cancer, and could return to governing his country.

Castro’s disappearance from the public eye after emergency surgery for intestinal bleeding in July sparked frenzied speculation about his health, but surgeon Jose Luis Garcia Sabrido said the communist leader was in good condition.

"His physical activity is excellent, his intellectual activity intact, I’d say fantastic, he’s recovering from his previous operation," Garcia Sabrido, head of surgery at Madrid’s Gregorio Maranon public hospital, told a news conference after returning from Cuba.

"He asks every day to return to work, but doctors advise him not to, to take it easy," said Garcia Sabrido.

Garcia Sabrido, who flew to Cuba last week to examine the 80-year-old leader, said he did not need further surgery but required physical therapy, a strict diet and rest.

"He does not have cancer, he has a problem with his digestive system," Garcia Sabrido told Reuters after the news conference. "President Castro has no malign inflammation, it’s a benign process in which he has had a series of complications."

In Havana, Cuban officials declined to comment on the doctor’s statements, saying Castro’s condition was a state secret. But his prognosis was in line what they have been saying for months.

The Cuban population, used to being told little about the inner workings of the government, was unaware of Garcia Sabrido’s visit to Cuba.

Castro supporters, worried by his disappearance and uncertain of their country’s future, expressed relief at the doctor’s comments.

"We hope that he will speak to the nation when he is well. We are anxious to know how he is," said a woman waiting at a bus stop. "I don’t think there will be changes, Cuba will continue along the path he has shown us."

Other Cubans were not so relieved. "Does that mean he will take hold of the reins of power again?" asked a housewife in central Havana who did not want to be named…

Garcia Sabrido said Castro could govern Cuba again.

"Yes, if his recovery is complete, yes," said the digestive system specialist who knows the Castro family and is a regular visitor to Cuba for medical conferences and to give treatment.

Garcia Sabrido said it was the first time he had treated Castro, and he did not plan to return to Cuba in the near future as the leader had an excellent medical team…

You have to wonder if Reuters would be so elated at the prospect of Hitler or Stalin having a second crack at power.

Or are some murderous dictators better than others?

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