Venezuelan Doctor: Fidel Castro Suffered Stroke
Says he is close to a vegetative state: Miami Herald
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2012 6:49 AM CDT
In this Feb. 10, 2012, file photo released by the state media website Cubadebate, Fidel Castro attends a meeting with intellectuals and writers at the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba.   (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Roberto Chile, File)

(Newser) – Fidel Castro has suffered a serious stroke, says a Venezuelan doctor claiming to have inside information on the former Cuban leader's health, reports the Miami Herald. He says that the condition is "very close to a neurovegetative state," and that Castro has trouble eating and speaking, and that he recognizes no one. The former leader hasn't been seen in public since March, and the doctor says it's unlikely he'll be seen again, though he could live for weeks with his current condition. He also says his condition is what prompted Hugo Chavez's recent trip to Havana.

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Oct 20, 2012 4:13 AM CDT
Plus, he's been a commie clown for ever.
Oct 19, 2012 8:21 PM CDT
According to Castro, there have been more than nine attempts by the United States's CIA and associated US intelligence services to assassinate him. Castro will go in his own time, at his own pace to meet his maker.
Oct 19, 2012 11:58 AM CDT
The Russians took out even the missles the US did not find. Castro wanted to keep them. The Russians didn't trust him so they took them all out. Apparently they considered him a bit on the obsessed maybe possesed side. Extraordinary all the same. The doves loved him.