BREAKING – Spanish Doctor rushed to Cuba

Reuters story:

Renowned surgeon rushed to treat Castro

A RENOWNED Spanish surgeon has been rushed to Cuba to treat ailing leader Fidel Castro, a Spanish newspaper reported today.

Jose Luis Garcia Sabrido, an intestinal specialist, travelled to the Caribbean island on Thursday aboard an aircraft chartered by the Cuban government, according to Spain’s left-leaning El Periodico de Catalunya newspaper.

The plane carried medical equipment not available in Cuba in case the leader needs further surgery due to his progressively failing health, the newspaper reported.

Garcia Sabrido will carry out tests on Castro to see if he needs another operation after undergoing emergency surgery for intestinal bleeding in July, the newspaper said.

Officials at the Madrid hospital where Garcia Sabrido works declined to comment on the report. Cuban embassy officials were not immediately available for comment.

Cuban officials say Castro is not dying and will return to public life. His absence from the public eye has fanned speculation he is too ill to govern the country he has run since toppling dictator Fulgencio Batista in a 1959 revolution.

Hat tip to Cigar Mike.

9 thoughts on “BREAKING – Spanish Doctor rushed to Cuba”

  1. The Observer newspaper (UK) today carries an advertisement for holidays in Cuba from which I quote:

    ‘Locked in a time warp since the 1950’s, Cuba is on the verge of change and now is the perfect time to visit before its distinctive character is eroded.’

    Some fools are going to pay 1199 Sterling for 12 days in this paradise. Roll on erosion, roll off castro.

    Best wishes to you all.

  2. “The plane carried medical equipment not available in Cuba”

    But what about the free health care available to everyone in Cuba because of the superiority of the communist system? Isn’t it as good as the health care everywhere else in the world? Perhaps better? I’m so confused.

  3. Class factotum,

    Good point! I was thinking the same thing.
    What’s interesting is that the article neglects to mention that Dr. Garcia Sabrido is an Oncology Surgeon, who seems to specialize in Colorectal Cancer. Moreover it seems that the surgeon was in Cuba early last month, as a “guest speaker” at the IX Cuban Congress of Surgery ( November 7, 2006).

    http://cencomed.sld.cu/cirugia-2006/datos/Programa%20final.pdf

    But… I thought Cuba insists that castro does not have cancer: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16252981/

    … I’m so confused … did he have cancer before he did not have cancer?

    I wish all in the Babalu Community a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2007! ~:) Melek

    “Only those who spread treachery, fire, and death out of hatred for the prosperity of others are undeserving of pity.” ~ Jose Marti

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