From hyperbolic to hyperbaric: Cancer-ridden Hugo now imitating Michael Jackson
Beat it! Yeah... Well... on second thought, maybe not. But, just like the late King of Pop, Hugo "el Bofe" Chavez is now seeking to lengthen his life in a hyperbaric chamber in Castrolandia. Great propaganda coup for the slave plantation's so-called health care system. Bad news for those who prefer to believe that Hugo has beaten his cancer.
From the Washington Post:
Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez heading to Cuba for "special" treatment
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced plans to travel to Cuba as early as Tuesday for more medical treatment after spending much of the past 18 months fighting cancer.
In a written request to the legislature, Chavez said doctors have recommended he “begin special treatment consisting of various sessions of hyperbaric oxygenation” and physical therapy to continue “consolidating the process of strengthening health.”
The request did not provide more details about the treatment or Chavez’s condition and was promptly approved by allied lawmakers at a special session in the city of Maracay. National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello read the request on television.
It said Chavez would travel to Cuba as soon as Tuesday. It did not say how long he will stay, though it said he would be back by Jan. 10, when he is being sworn in for a fourth term. Venezuelan law requires presidents to receive legislative approval before leaving the country for extended periods.
The treatment that Chavez is to undergo generally involves breathing pure oxygen while in a pressurized, sealed chamber. Its value is well-established for treating burns, carbon monoxide poisoning and some other medical conditions, and to aid wound healing and help repair bone and tissue damaged by radiation treatments.
However, the American Cancer Society says there is no evidence the treatment can cure cancer.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is employed by doctors in Cuba for the rehabilitation of patients with chronic illnesses, said Jesus Pena, a Venezuelan internist with a private practice in Caracas. But Pena said the announcement after a period of silence about Chavez’s condition raises suspicions about the reasons behind the treatment.
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From El Universal, in Caracas, the bare facts:
Diosdado Cabello, the speaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN), read out a notice from President Hugo Chávez, requesting authorization to leave the country in direction to Cuba in order to undergo adjuvant treatment. He promised to be present on January 10 for his re-inauguration and in order to introduce the Country Plan 2013-2019.
"I have been recommended special treatment with multiple sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy which, together with physiotherapy, completes the healing process," reads the notice signed by the Venezuelan leader and read by the Congress speaker in a special session held at Bolívar Square in Maracay, the capital city of central Aragua state, on the occasion of the Military Aviation Day.
Authorization was requested from Tuesday, November 27. No date of return was specified.