Chavez's 'Complex' Cancer Surgery a Success

It's his 4th since June 2011

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 12, 2012 2:11 AM CST

(Newser) – In a surgery described by his tapped successor as "complex," Cuban surgeons were indeed able to remove cancerous tissue from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. VP Nicolas Maduro called the six-hour operation a "complete success," adding, "we've lived through complex moments of tension." Some of those moments were spent at a vigil, where Maduro and Chavez supporters sang the national anthem—over a recording of Chavez doing the same. The BBC reports that it was the president's fourth surgery for cancer since June 2011; the latest came after tests identified cancerous cells, once again, in the pelvic region.

A person holds up images of Venezuela's President Hugo.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A person holds an image of the Venezuelan saint Jose Gregorio Hernadez as people gather to pray for Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
People, one holding an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, gather to pray for him at Simon Bolivar square in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A man holds up an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez as people gather to pray for him at Simon Bolivar square in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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