There are rumors that fidel castro had an emergency tracheotomy on Friday, possibly causing the fidel is dead melee ensued.
Here’s what a tracheotomy is, from Health A to Z:
A tracheotomy is a surgical procedure in which a cut or opening is made in the windpipe (trachea). The surgeon inserts a tube into the opening to bypass an obstruction, allow air to get to the lungs, or remove secretions. The term tracheostomy is sometimes used interchangeably with tracheotomy. Strictly speaking, however, tracheostomy usually refers to the opening itself while a tracheotomy is the actual operation.
A tracheotomy is performed if enough air is not getting to the lungs, if the person cannot breathe without help, or is having problems with mucus and other secretions getting into the windpipe because of difficulty swallowing. There are many reasons why air cannot get to the lungs. The patient’s windpipe may be blocked by a swelling; by a severe injury to the neck, nose or mouth; by a large foreign object; by paralysis of the throat muscles; or by a tumor. The patient may be in a coma, or need a ventilator to pump air into the lungs for a long period of time.
Doctors perform emergency tracheotomies as last-resort procedures. They are done only if the patient’s windpipe is obstructed and the situation is life-threatening.
Health A to Z also cites a tracheotomy on anyone over 60 as “high-risk.”
Now, Im no doctor nor surgeon, so pardon me if Im just conjecturing here, but what is the point of doing this type of procedure on a patient that’s 81 years old? And if there is a valid medical reason, what are the chances, with a person that age and in poor health, as we’ve been told by the Cuban Government for over a year now, of a full and proper recovery?